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)·
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·
Fitness Level: Moderate