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Cayoosh Mountain South Drainage – Dec 30th 2010

January 3, 2011

We met up with Mike again and talked about the Cayoosh Mtn drainage near Duffey Lake. Conditions out there were much better than Whistler’s backcountry so it was easy to come to an agreement. It was a long slog up but was it ever worth it. The skiing on south aspects was great and although it was still cold standing in the sun helped a bit. Unfortunately my fancy altimeter watch decided to give up on me so I don’t have the stats but by the end of the day I was crapped out and happy to sit in front of the wood stove at Mike’s place and sign off a great day with some beer and pizza.

Destination: Cayoosh Mountain Drainage, south side of Cayoosh Mountain

Beta: Mike’s local knowledge and the John Baldwin Duffey Lake map.

Weather: Sunny but not that bad in the sun. Cold in the shade. Maybe around -14ish.

Conditions: Creamy pow on the south aspects.

Stability: Pretty good. Mike dug a pit and found some weakness about 70 cms down but overall we liked what we saw. The avalanche report had 3-considerable for the alpine and 2-moderate (I think) for treeline and below.

Skinning up the upper logging road.


Cayoosh Mtn. We skied off the ridge on the far left of the photo.

Some nice slots to ski. Bootpacking to the ridge after a long skin approach.

Mike setting the bootpack…. what a champ.


My line…

Midway down….

Trev taking some photos from below… first me.

Then Mike….

Trev throws some spray in the nice pow.

Mike nails it to the drainage floor

The things they do to RV windows. Creepy kids in the parking spot.


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