Birdwood - Smuts Traverse - Sunday, Mar 13, 2022

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The Basics:
Event Type: Skiing 
Event Location: Burstall Pass Trailhead 
Date(s) & Time:   Sunday, Mar 13, 2022 07:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 07:00 AM @ Valley Meadow Close NW)  
Registration Cut Off:   Saturday, Mar 12, 2022 06:17 PM  
Event Duration: All Day 
Difficulty Rating:   D3 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Andrew Riggs

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 6
Minimum Group Size: 3
Number Registered So Far:   4 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


Birdwood - Smuts ski traverse . About 16kms and 1100 meters elevation. Skiing time, probably about 6 hours.

I would like this to be a carpool trip, for various reasons...

The route passes through a fair amount of Avy terrain, but the rating, being what it is - the route should be a safe bet as long as there's not a lot of new snow.

Starting from the Burstall Pass trailhead, and skiing out via Commonwealth Creek. It's best if we have 2 vehicles, or somebody will be hitchhiking or walking 45 minutes or so up the road to retreive the vehicle at Burstall Trailhead. 

We leave the Burstall Pass trail at the flats below Burstall Pass, skiing up to Birdwood Pass. There's a short steep section on the way up where ski crampons could come in handy, or one can boot it up instead. Down the valley on the other side - usually good turns, before skinning up to climb to Smuts Pass. A short descent, down to a small lake, before Smuts Pass, which is usually wind blasted. The long descent down to Commonwealth Creek is often wind blasted at the top, or can occasionally be good turns. The skiing improves as you transition down into mature open forest before the valley bottom. From there, skiing 3 - 4km out to the road. 

Required Items to Bring:

Avy transceiver(modern digital unit), shovel & probe. Minimum AST1 or RAC & experience. Headlamp. Food and drink. Must be fully vaccinated to carpool.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:  

Hwy 40, Smith-Dorrien Road

Carpool Departure Time:   07:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Valley Meadow Close NW
Carpool Directions:  

Exit Trans Canada at Valley Ridge exit. Visible on the right, as you enter Valley Ridge is a park with outdoor rink & soccer fields.  The gravel parking lot where we meet is accessed from Valley Meadow Close NW.

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Registration for this event closed on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 06:17 PM.