Wolverine Ridge for Slackers and Lappers - Sunday, Apr 08, 2018
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Wolverine Ridge, north-east of the Lake Luoise ski resort Larch area.
Date(s) & Time:
Sunday, Apr 08, 2018
(Carpool Departure: 07:10 AM @ West Valley Carpool Parking Lot)
Short notice - but conditions look great.
This is an easy, friendly paced trip to explore Wolverine Ridge's north facing glades, bowls and chutes. Total travel in is about 7 km with 720 v-m elevation gain.
At end of day, the ski out is quick and easy, mostly downhill all the way back to the cars.
We start at the Skoki Trail parking lot and ski up the Skoki Trail. After about 4 km and 350 v-m we pass Temple Lodge, leave the ski resort boundary and then turn climber's right from Skoki Trail to head up into Wolverine Valley. We skin up the valley about another 3 km and 360 v-m, keeping an eye out for wind slabs, cornices, persistent snow layer instability, and potential ski lines, as we gain the ridge.
From such ridge tops, I like to wave down at the resort skiers ... future ACC members ... ;-)
If we are all feeling energetic as a group, and snow is not unstable, we could consider continuing on up above the ridge to Purple Bowl (about another 1 km and 250 v-m).
Remember, it will be an easy, friendly paced ascent (likely only about 2 km/h). Energetic Lappers, however, should be able to ski extra laps if desired and if party member numbers and terrain allow, and it likely will; we can conscientiously plan and coordinate safely splitting into two groups, Slackers and Lappers. We just must plan so that we do not lose visual contact as a total group; Lappers can get in extra laps while the Slackers take a longer lunch. Otherwise, we would need to stay as a single group.
We could consider, as a group, other destinations if you wish (eg: Richardson's Ridge, Surprise Pass, Miner's Gully above Canmore, etc). Default position is Wolverine Ridge, which should be nice, too.
If Avy conditions do not cooperate, there are plenty of Plan-B's that we can consider as a group.
Required Items to Bring:
The usual Avy safety gear (shovel, probe & 3-antennae beacon, etc), skis or split boards, skins, warm clothes, sunscreen, sunshades, water and lunch, etc
Recommended Items to Bring:
Your big smile.
How to Get There:
Trail head is the Skoki Trail parking lot. When driving from the highway to the ski resort, you pass the HWY#1a turnoff, then take your next right, a road about 1 km in and up to the parking lot. If you miss this turnoff, the next turn off is the first ski resort parking lot - the wrong parking lot.
Carpool Departure Time:
West Valley Carpool Parking Lot
See the link: https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-114.239188,17z
(On Hwy#1 west, pass Stoney trail and then take the Valley Ridge Blvd underpass under Hwy#1; once on the south side of Hwy#1, head east past the New Victory Church, and continue east about another 150 m to the West Valley Carpool Parking Lot).
Please send a brief ski resume where I will share the basic into with the party so that our party can know our level of experience and safety training (unless you already have it posted in the online membership network).
Regarding the descent(s), it is assumed that you can competently ski black diamond runs at the resort; don't worry, I doesn't have to be pretty and we wont be doing much downhill racing anyhow. ;-)
Hopefully, we can get a party together to enjoy the day. Thank you.
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Registration for this event closed on Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 07:00 PM.