Island Turns and Tours: Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding Strathcona Park and Vancouver Island

Philip Stone
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 Island Turns and Tours is the follow-up winter supplement to Philip Stone’s acclaimed guide to the Vancouver Island mountains - ‘Island Alpine’. Turns and Tours covers the best backcountry ski and snowboard destinations on Vancouver Island, highlighting Strathcona Park,  along with information for snowshoeing and spring hiking.
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Philip Stone
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Published on
Sep 2, 2014
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Pages
232
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ISBN
9780993877230
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English
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Sports & Recreation / Mountaineering
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