Healy Pass

Lisa will be co leading this trip and we have decided to change the destination to Healy Pass.


Healy Pass is an Easy/Moderate ski tour that crosses the run out zones of a couple of avalanche paths. It typically has good early season snow cover.

 Meeting at Shouldice at 7.30am. Look for silver Subaru SW WEE994 with NZ flag on front numberplate. 

Please be on time or 5 minutes early.

We will drive to Sunshine ski hill and park in the back parking lot. 

The trail starts a short way up the ski out. The first 7.7 km from the parking lot is on a trail in the forest, the last 1.5 km to the pass is through open meadows. You need enough ski experience to be able to descend a tight trail through the forest (a good snowplow is a must!). There will be an opportunity for turns near the pass, however this trip is more of a tour than a yoyo ski destination

.Note that we will be taking the time to study the avalanche conditions, and dig a few snow pits.Participants should have their A1 designation with CSMC. if you don’t have it then you can get this checked and signed off during this trip.

Gear:· Transceiver, shovel, probe·

Skis (AT or telemark) and poles or split board· 

Climbing skins fitted to the right size for your skis·

Helmet is optional· 

Sunglasses and/or ski goggles· 

Warm clothing - be prepared for wind, and cold temperatures. NO cotton clothing!

Headlamp (you never know)·

Food and water (thermos recommended)· 

Sunscreen, 

lighter/fire starter·

Emergency bivvy sack (or large trash bag)

First Aid Kit

Route Info:· Location: Banff National Park (near Townsite)· 

Activity: Ski Touring· 

Height: 2,391 m (7,845 ft)·

Elevation Gain: 1,050 m (3,445 ft)·

Distance: 18.4 km / Round Trip (11.4 mi)·

Avg Steepness: 6.5°·

Estimated Time: 5-7 hrs· 

Technicality: Intermediate· 

Fitness Level: Moderate

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  • Kiwi L.

    Awesome trip, I had so much fun, I soooo love skiing in the Canadian Rockies! Thanks to all for coming, and Paul for co-coordinating with me

    December 1, 2013

  • Paul R

    Great day in the mountains with a great group!!

    December 1, 2013

  • ANDREW W.

    sorry, i can not join with you this time, you have a fun trip!!

    November 29, 2013

  • Kiwi L.

    Hi guys, should be a good trip, avalanche risk looks OK: http://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/bulletin-eng.aspx?d=TODAY&r=1. The snowpack might be a bit thin. Forecast is good http://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/ab-49_metric_e.html

    November 29, 2013

  • Danielle

    Sorry to cancel but MEC hasn't started renting backcountry gear yet!

    November 28, 2013

  • Tom

    Eva You can check Gear Up in Canmore as well.

    November 27, 2013

  • Eva

    HELP PLEASE!
    I'd really love to attend this ski trip but my ski+avi gear are all still in Vancouver (didn't manage to squeeze them in when I was moving here in Sept, will bring them in January..) - I can easily borrow/rent avi gear but really afraid I may not be able to rent AT skis+boots.... MEC won't rent till Dec, SportsRent doesn't rent AT skis at all so the only other place I know of is UofC (will check tomorrow..).
    DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER PLACE IN THIS TOWN THAT RENTS BACKCOUNTRY SKI GEAR???
    I'll be most thankful for any advice!!!
    Many thanks!!!
    Eva

    November 27, 2013

  • Mikey

    Sorry I have to work this weekend now.

    November 27, 2013

  • Kevin L.

    I still have one tag to fill. Going hunting instead.

    November 25, 2013

  • Gord P.

    Lori, I have a pair of skis, no bindings with skins...170 cm Praxis backcountry, light, early rise tip/tail, very quick turning. $225 for skis and skins....Gord Percival

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • Lori

      Thanks Gord! I saw this and then I couldn't find it again :)
      I'm interested I think. What's the name of them, how old and do you know the weight or the year and model . Price sounds right :)

      November 24, 2013

  • Gord P.

    Thanks Mikey, just back from Cranbrook via Kootenay park, pretty thin still with a lot of wind loading. slabs, a few releases observed. Not stable..friends skiing at Bow summit yesterday, scary stuff.

    November 24, 2013

  • Michael

    What about ski/hike up to Rae glacier?!?

    November 22, 2013

  • Mikey

    Highwood was super bare this morning. With about 50cm of snow in the gully's and Lee aspects. Still no real base.

    I hope it Snows over the next week. Other wise it doesnt look good out there for next weekend....

    November 22, 2013

  • Alison

    Hi Tom,
    This will be my first backcountry ski outing with this group. I have AST1 and AST2 training. Is it mandatory that I have CSMC specific A1 training?

    November 16, 2013

  • Lori

    Anyone know of someone with lightly used AT gear for sale ... ?

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tom, I'll meet everyone at the trailhead....you know coming from Canmore!

    November 12, 2013

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