Here are some backcountry skiing photos from the weekend of March 26/27

Birdwood Pass


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I decided to go for a short tour up around Burstall Pass. This is looking up from Burstall
Lake on the tour up to the pass.


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Even though the visibility wasn't terrific, I thought this peak looked pretty neat. This
is shortly after I chose a slightly different path than the Burstall Pass trail.


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This is looking at Burstall Pass from the trail up to Birdwood Pass. I saw a group ahead of
me so I thought I'd go join them. Their uptrack was pretty intense so I bootpacked part of the way.


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I thought the view looking back towards the valley bottom was worthwhile.


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This is looking at the ridge to the east of Burstall Pass. I thought the peak and the snowfield
made for an interesting shot.


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I wound up joining the group ahead of me for a snack (it's a pretty popular area). One of the ladies
of the group works for Parks Canada and is a ski touring avalanche forecaster. Pretty sweet gig.
This group was skiing down to the Warden cabin in Banff NP and then back up and over Smuts pass.

Molar Meadows, kind of


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I was able to join Joe, Michelle, and Darrel for a ski tour starting from Mosquito Creek parking lot.
When we left Calgary, it was snowing, bad visibility, and looking to be a bad day. This is what we found
at the parking lot. Yeah, this definitely doesn't suck.


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Here's a shot of Joe enroute to the Mosquito Creek campsite (which we never did find until later). I really
like the shape of the peak in the middle here since I think it looks like a tooth. Sadly, this isn't
Molar Peak, but it should be at least kid's molar peak or something.


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A nice shot of Joe skiing into the forest. My kid's molar peak is slightly hidden.


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Michelle and Darrel enjoying the view from our lunch spot. For whatever reason (I think it was the heavier
snow), we all seemed to be extra hungry on this tour.


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The view from our lunch spot.


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The view to sitter's right as we're having a bite of lunch.


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So, it turns out that I made an error this morning as we were skiing the uptrack. I chose the path with
more ski tracks on it, as I thought that Molar Pass would have been a popular spot. It turns out that
we wound up off-route, but enjoying a great view and a great bite of lunch. Joe is looking at the map trying
to sort out where the heck we are.


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So, to solve our problem of not knowing where we were, we explored further. We chatted with a skier who said
that we likely wouldn't quite get to Molar Pass but the skiing was okay on this side anyway. Well, we kept
heading towards the way we thought we should. This wound up with a serious traverse around the side of a
solar-baked slope along with some trees that almost ate me. This was the last view of Molar Meadows we had
for awhile as we started back down the slope and to the other side of the valley, where we should have been.


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After some more uphill work (and multiple times of cleaning ice off my skins - thanks Joe), we made our way
up to the Molar Meadows area. I wouldn't say that the route description or the map were super great, but
we did manage to 'triangulate' our way up to where we should have been. This is the kids on the up-track.


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Joe, Michelle, and Darrel 'triangulating'. That's what happens when 4 engineers ski together.


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A nice shot of Michelle looking down to some interesting-looking snowfields.


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A nice pic of Darrel from our Lunch 2 spot. Yes, we had two lunches. And they were both great. Thanks
Natalia for the awesome peanut butter chocolate/butterscotch chip cookies!


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I thought the peaks above my head look pretty cool.


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Michelle and Joe wondering where North Molar Pass is.


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A glamour shot of Darrel.

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