The west flank of Cirque Peak, above the icefields Parkway, offer excellent skiing. There is enough skiable terrain up here to keep powder enthusiasts busy for weeks. The view across to the Wapta Icefields is superb.
An intro to splitboarding (Skiing or snowshoing/snowboarding is ok too). Practice assembly/disassembly, skinning, and kick turns. AST is not required - we will go over companion rescue before starting. Rating: Easy
Distance: 6km return
Elevation gain: 500m
Max elevation: 2500m
A good level of fitness is required as our pace is moderate-fast. Please be realistic about your abilities. You must be able to commit to the entire event.
Splitboard and skins, touring skis, or snowshoes+snowboard
3 antennae avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel - required
Proper seasonal clothing (dress in layers, toque, gloves, wool socks)
Park Pass (if you have one)
Lunch and drinks (tea/coffee)
Sun glasses/SPF rated lip balm
Swimsuit (will be hot springs after)
No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!
Splitboards can be rented at UofC Outdoor Center or splitboardhq (be sure to reserve in advance - they tend to go fast)
Touring Skis, snowshoes and poles can be rented at either Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) or UofC Outdoor Center.
DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past the departure time before we leave.
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have these for you.