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Lost Boys and Mammoth Head (Fernie) – Jan 24th 2011

January 31, 2011

The goal in Fernie this time around was to balance showing my non-ski touring peeps the hill while also being able to get out for some nice backcountry turns. After a Saturday and Sunday shredding FAR it was time for Will, Trev and me to get our skin on with a easy and quick trip through Lost Boys Pass, skiing off the north side of Mammoth Head and into the Sand Creek drainage. With weather hitting +3 at the base and rain from the previous week getting up near 2000m we weren’t sure what we would find. Turns out things were still pretty good up there with some nice creamy pow for the first 300m and very skiable soggy pow near the bottom.

Trev slashes a turn and enters the White Room…

For those that have never been up Mammoth Head it’s a pretty straight forward tour out the back of Fernie Alpine Resort and Lost Boys Pass. Simply head up the Timber Bowl Express, then up the White Pass Chair. Once at the White Pass simply ski down Falling Star until you hit Lost Boys Pass and the big sign warning you that you are leaving the ski hill. You need to hike up a short hill before putting the skis on for the traverse west through Lost Boys Pass. Once through the pass you you simply skin up the side of Mammoth Head working your way up counter clockwise. Elevation gain is roughly 500m from where most people start the skin track with Mammoth Head top up around 2080m. From the summit simply ski northwest (and then straight north) hitting nicely spaced trees the whole way down.

Trev continues the ride down….

Calling it a day, Will leads the skin back out Lost Boys Pass…

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