7.25" X 9"
448 pages
26 maps
706 black and white photographs
Third edition 2009
ISBN 978-0-9691550-3-4

Sample pdf pages

List of trips spreadsheet


A guide to ski mountaineering
John Baldwin

Grab your skis and explore the Coast Mountains. This is your guide to deep powder, endless glacier runs, alpine descents, cozy huts, couloirs and high level traverses. Includes everything from backcountry skiing, scenic tours, challenging ski ascents and long descents to difficult traverses across large icefields.

Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis covers an area that stretches from the edges of the North Cascades in Washington State to the grand icefields of northern BC and the Alaska panhandle. Ski trips varying in length from one day to several weeks are described. Emphasis is placed on day and weekend trips to alpine areas near Vancouver, including popular trips near Whistler, Pemberton, Mt Baker and the Coquihalla highway. Remote ski trips to the large icefields and rugged summits that stretch north to Alaska are also described, as are shorter trips in the areas around Smithers, Stewart and Terrace in northern BC.

Third Edition:

  • Completely revised and updated
  • Expanded to cover the entire Coast Mountains
  • Describes more than 300 trips
  • Day trips and weekend trips
  • Wilderness expeditions
  • Huts and backcountry lodges
  • Information on trip planning, snow conditions and more
  • ATES terrain ratings for every trip
  • Over 700 photographs
  • 26 maps


Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis is the winner of a 2010 Guides Choice Award from the American Alpine Institute. "Our guides agree that any backcountry skier looking for a life-long tick list will be amazed by John Baldwin's newest edition of Exploring the Coast Mountains of Skis ..We have found that the larger format and better photos make this guide more worthy of a coffee table than a bookshelf ..The route descriptions are very clear, concise and easy to follow ..We all agree that this book is easily one of the most comprehensive ski guides there is."

Reviewer's Comments:

"Here be adventure. Backcountry skiing at its best! ..if you know the call of adventure ..just pick up John Baldwin's 447 page guidebook and start a gas money jar ..includes enough day trips to keep a backcountry glisser happy for a lifetime and beyond. Terrific gift" Lou Dawson, wildsnow.com

"This guidebook looks like the kind of book one could drool over for hours" Andrew C, wildsnow.com

" It truly is an exceptional book. Lots of useful details without too much hand holding. It's basically the bible for this corner of the world." J Best, wildsnow.com

" This third edition of a local classic has everything you need for an adventure ..Photos, maps, distances, trip rimes, advice and route information cram all 450 pages of this backcountry bible. Just be sure you know what you're doing ..before you leave the couch." Mountain Life

" The Third Edition is a major reworking of this essential guide. It is truly breathtaking ..almost every page is illustrated with stunning pictures of the locations..People who love mountains will cherish every glorious page of this book." Robert Ballantyne, howesound.wordpress.com

" My ski mountaineering days are long gone, but ..I know a great guidebook when I see one. The photos are numerous and spectacular ..If you are skiing in the Coast Mountains ..you need this book. This is a wonderful guide by one of the Masters of Coast Mountains exploration. Buy it." Glenn Woodsworth, bivouac.com

" I find this book nothing but pure inspiration." David Campbell, bivouac.com

" ...rare is the book that evokes and excites the reader about taking to the mountains in an eager manner...Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis, in its updated and third edition, towers above all other books on the topic" Ron Dart, Cloudburst Magazine