The weather has been weird this winter. I'm sure I'm not the first to make note of this. So I've been spending less time thinking about snow than in past seasons. All that changed with the arrival of my brother, a decidedly keen adventurer. It didn't matter that the snow was sub-par. And it was an incredible bonus that the views were basically fantastic everywhere we went (backcountry near Kicking Horse, Jumbo Pass, and Rogers Pass). That's one upside to a winter without snow. Lots of blue skies.