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03-11-2009 04:49 PM
Zee Sounds cool. We're heading to KH for 3 days a week from Thursday. This season is coming to an end too quickly.
03-11-2009 04:17 PM
Nostromos That works for me. We'll have to be in touch.
03-11-2009 04:11 PM
Zee I was thinking early April maybe, the days are longer, the weather milder, and Fortress still usually has good snow. I am also thinking of renting a split from MEC.
03-11-2009 03:52 PM
Nostromos You can probably convince me to head back up to Fortress again this year. We wasted so much time hiking up I didnt get a chance to properly explore the area. The snow conditions are better than they were and we have had a bit of snow the past few weeks. I wouldnt mind trying it the next weekend there would be some fresh snow.

I think this would be a good chance for me to rent a split board from the Uni and test one out to see if I like them. My long term pipe dream would be to get a custom split but I want to get out there sans snowshoes to see if it is what I expect.
03-11-2009 03:09 PM
killclimbz I have to say that riding at a closed resort is a great idea. You've got the runs, and trails to get you in there. Generally speaking, it's easy to avoid avalanche prone areas at closed resorts. Berthoud Pass used to have a ski area and a lot of what I do there is on the old ski runs. There is a lot more to it than that too, but it makes for a great starting point.
03-11-2009 11:52 AM
Zee I would imagine the uphill trying to follow power lines would be more challenging. I wonder who I can bribe to leave the gate open lol...

I may try it anyway, even if it becomes an exercise in fitness... just gotta convince a couple of guys to come with me.
03-11-2009 11:41 AM
Nostromos I think you are being a little optomistic with 90mins. We made the mistake of trying to follow the powerlines which run straight to the resort for a distance of 4km. It may be shorter but the terrain is much more difficult. What I am trying to say is I don't know how long a straight hike up the road is because I never did it but you can be sure it is longer than 90mins.
03-11-2009 11:36 AM
killclimbz Ok, I had to do a metric conversion to figure out how far you were talking. Looks like just over 4 miles. That is a bit of a hoof just to get to the base of the area you are considering making runs. Not that I haven't done that. I think we did over 6 miles to get to Dead Dog Couloir, which converts to 9.66 kilometers. This was a one and done run. Which after all that hiking is about all I had in me anyway.
03-11-2009 11:20 AM
Zee 8 km at a light incline is not too bad... start climbing at 8 am, should be about 90 minutes up. Have a bite, then start lapping. Sounds like fun.
03-11-2009 10:48 AM
Nostromos The distance from the parking area to the old resort is just over 8km. Then you get to start hiking the runs themselves. It is a pretty long trek up but a lot of people do it. As long as there is an inch of snow you can board the whole way down even though some sections are pretty flat. It took about 20 mins to board/glide back to the base. For the hike up, unless there is a lot of new snow, you dont need snowshoes until the base area of the runs.

The time I made the trek we got about 2/3 of the way up when the guy working as a maintainer came by and gave us a tow up on the back of his snowmobile. That was one of the highlights of the hike up actually. =)
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