Matt Ruta

I like to think I have some level of skill for timing conditions well in my home ranges. Failing that, I also like to think I’m pretty good at making the...

Six or seven years ago, Trevor mentioned that someone should really go see if it was possible to ski the west face of Glacier Peak, high above lake Oesa, right from...

After getting a decent warmup on the north face of Peyto Peak the week prior, it felt like spring might be on. Christian and I decided we’d better go find out....

I have to admit, this line started out much bigger in my imagination. Probably because in his interview on Biglines after skiing the north face of Mt. Bryce, Chris Brazeau mentioned...

After easing into what proved to be an incredible January weather and stability window on Cheops Mountain, the crew was ready to go big. Mark and Tom joined up and we...

Every winter there are at least few little windows of stability that materialize in between storms and midwinter avalanche issues. Last year, there were many and we all got very spoiled....

A few people have asked me about my method for chasing weather windows in the mountains. I guess they figured that they’d receive a quick answer, but each time I ended...

A season of uncertainty in 2020/21 turned into a truly excellent winter and spring for adventure skiing close to home. I’ve already gone over the majority of these days in other...

Dedicated to Trevor Sexsmith. Friend, mentor and Rockies steep skiing pioneer who passed away while skiing on the Sickle in September 2016. I’m a big fan of skyline traverses. You know:...

If you want to talk about roadside steep skiing in the Rockies, you won’t get far without mentioning Bow Peak. The classic Grand Daddy, stiffer Funnel of Death and techy Gutentight...