BITS Trip - Gentle Pace to Purple Peak - Sunday, Mar 17, 2019
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Date(s) & Time:
Sunday, Mar 17, 2019
(Carpool Departure: 07:20 AM @ West Valley Carpool Parking Lot )
This trip is part of the BITS (Backcountry Introduction to Skiing) program so BITS program registrants will receive priority for attendance.
It is a gentle pace (largely as I'm rather a slowpoke on the uptrack at about 250 v-m/h).
Purple Peak is about 7.5 km in with 900 m elevation gain from the Skoki parking lot trailhead (near the Lake Louise Ski Resort). We tour up the Skoki Trail, past the ski resort and Temple Lodge, then keeping right we enter the Wolverine Valley. Following the valley bottom up the drainage area we eventually reach the top of Wolverine Ridge and from here we can skin up a rib to Puple Peak.
We may be able to ski that big beautiful purple bowl leading down into the resort, if the group wishes and conditions allow, or ski down our uptrack back through the Wolverine Valley.
Those BITS participants that registered for the overnight stay as a group at the Lake Louise hostel will meet up at the Hostel in the morning, and the rest of us can meet at the trailhead. We can arrange for carpooling once we get our party of 4-8 figured out.
We can also consider modifying our destination if the group wishes.
Required Items to Bring:
The usual ski touring or split-boarding gear, including, of course, avalanche beacon, probe and shovel.
How to Get There:
Carpool Departure Time:
West Valley Carpool Parking Lot
This is the suggested Calgary location for carpooling. For a map to carpool, please insert the following address to your browser:
That is, the carpool and meeting spot is a couple hundred meters east of the new Calgary Climbing Centre on West Valley Road SW (SW of the Hwy#1 west and Stony Trail NW intersetion). Exit Hwy#1 onto Valley Ridge Blvd NW, take the traffic circle and head south under the #1 highway, then east a few hundred meters to the parking lot.
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Registration for this event closed on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 01:00 PM.