Slowpokes Explore Surprise Pass - Sunday, Mar 31, 2019

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The Basics:
Event Type: Skiing 
Event Location: Surprise Pass 
Date(s) & Time:   Sunday, Mar 31, 2019 06:30 AM (Carpool Departure: 06:26 AM @ Valley Meadow Close NW, south of Valley Ridge Drive NW, beside the park.)  
Registration Cut Off:   Saturday, Mar 30, 2019 04:00 PM  
Event Duration: Day trip 
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Wayne Gilraine

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   6 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


Slowpokes? Well, there's always someone faster than you, likely just not me! If you are happy with a gentle pace, no more than about 250 vertical-m/hour, come join us!

It is about a 5 km and 750 v-m ascent up to the pass, with the last 50 v-m or so being a boot-back . The ski down to the moraines above Lake Louise is rather steep but should be relatively low risk. Then there is about a 2km skin track along the lake, back to the cars, with big grins on our faces!

Leaving Calgary at about 6:30am should help us reduce risk of solar input on the east facing slopes from the top of Mount Fairview that will be above us on our ascent. Not to mention the north and NE facing avy chutes that we must cross.

So we will explore the up-track to Surprise Pass, and Surprise Pass itself. I've never been there, but it is a fairly straight forward route.

If avy conditions deteriorate, there are many options for a Plan-B in the area, such as up Skoki Trail to Purple Peak, etc.

Everyone please think about route finding, terrain management and avy conditions assessment and be prepared to contribute as a group. As always. Together we are smarter.
Required Items to Bring:
The usual 3-antennae beacon, probe and shovel.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Ski crampons might be nice (hopefully not needed).

How to Get There:
Carpool Departure Time:   06:26 AM
Carpool Location:   Valley Meadow Close NW, south of Valley Ridge Drive NW, beside the park.
Carpool Directions:  
Carpool location is Valley Meadow Close NW, south of Valley Ridge Drive, on the road by the park near the community club, as shown in the following link:,-114.244789,152m/data=!3m1!1e3

AST-1 is a minimum requirement for this challenging terrain.
If you don't have a "mini-ski resume" of info on your club web-site profile, please send to me a "mini-ski-resume" (safety courses taken, typical ski tours completed, etc) so that you may be accepted on the trip.

Perhaps someone who has been there will join us, so that finding Surprise Pass will not be a surprise.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Registration for this event closed on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 04:00 PM.