Skiing on Vermilion Peak redux

1 Mar

I liked it so much I had to go back!  A week after the first visit to this location, it had warmed up somewhat, only -14C at the parking lot vs. -22C the week before.  But offsetting the warmer temperature, the sky had a moderate overcast that the sun struggled to burn through from time to time.  Thankfully, there was only a slightly southerly breeze this time.

Three of us from the ACC Calgary Section (Richard Burke, Julie Muller and I), started up the up-track around 11:00, making a leisurely ascent which put us at treeline around 13:15. The alpine ridge up to the peak faded off into the clouds, easily persuading us it wasn’t worth climbing the final 300m, even though forecast avalanche danger was only moderate.  We put away our skins, zipped up our jackets, and pointed the skis down.  Here is our visual record of the day (an abbreviated v.3):

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