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Rossland Museum Speaker Series: Ski Explorations in the Selkirks & Purcells 1973-76

Imagine a two-week-long backcountry ski trip in the middle of winter traversing the Purcell Mountains. Imagine being only the second party to have ever attempted it, the first dating back to 1958. Now imagine doing that on traditional Norwegian light touring skis made of wood, carrying all your food, over a distance of approximately 135 km. In 1973.

This amazing story unfolds at the Rossland Museum as part of the Winter Speaker Series. Intrepid Kootenay ski trekkers Dave Smith and Ron Robinson will present PowerPoint slides and short videos documenting two 1970’s trips that are part of what is now generally referred to as the “Grand Traverses” of the Canadian Alps.

Winter backcountry enthusiasts, come on out and see where all the adventure started!

This event is a fundraiser for the Museum. Admission by donation at the door. Doors at 6:30pm. Presentation approximately one hour, with Q&A afterwards.

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Tomorrow (Thursday) night!

Dave and Ron will be bringing some of their old ski equipment to show everyone and have a very special, freshly baked treat to share with the crowd!