June 19 2012 » News Clippings » Telluride Daily Planet
Skiing the Headwaters
This past winter a local group sponsored by a National Geographic Young Explorers grant ventured into the wilderness of British Columbia seeking some of its natural wonders.
The group of five skiers headed to the Sacred Headwaters, where the Skeena, Nass and Stikine rivers begin. Located on the western side of British Columbia, the Sacred Headwaters is a place most people only visit in summer months.
In March the group made excursions into the area, the longest being a 20-day 65-mile one-way push. Along for the journey were Nick Chambers, John Gioia, Julia Nave, Trevor Cobb and Ken Voeller.
The idea to ski the area came from a summer visit.
“After spending some time up there in the summer just north of the Scared Headwaters, we learned about what was going on up there and the potential resource development,” Nick Chambers from Durango said. “Some of the local indigenous communities were kind of divided on whether or not some of these projects should happen. But while we were up there backpacking around we thought to ourselves it would be a good place to go backcountry skiing.” Read more...