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Trip Information
Name: Vantage Peak to Snowspider Mtn AT Ski
Starts: Fri Jan 05, 2018
Meetup: St Davids
Return: Sat Jan 06, 2018

Registration opens: Sat Dec 23, 2017
Event category: Backcountry Skiing
Difficulty grade: B2-B3  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 6

Organizer: Dean Chamberland
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Participant Information

Proposed itinerary: 

  • Leave Vancouver Friday morning ~ 7am
  • Arrive at the Cerise Creek trailhead around ~10 am
  • Skin or boot pack up to Vantage Peak summit
  • Return to Vantage – Matier Col at 1,847m, continuing to Twin One Lake and to the ski cabin
  • Potential for the small cabin to be full, so tents recommended

·         Day Two:

  • Skin to summit of Snowspider from the north-east ridge, gaining 950m from cabin
  • Ski back to cabin, then re-ascend Vantage – Matier Col (~340m cumm. gain from cabin)
  • Potential to ascend Mt Chief Pascal before ski out to cars if ahead of schedule and group willing


  • Avalanche and weather conditions will have final say, however a ‘low’ rating nor bluebird skies is needed for a ‘go’ as conditions on the ground may vary from the regional forecast
  • Compression and slope stability testing will be performed at key points
  • Depending on vehicles and FSR conditions, alternative may be to drive up the Van Horlick FSR rather than the longer start from the Duffy

Participants must have:

  • Sufficient experience, knowledge/research on the area to share (or take over) the lead
  • Minimum AST 1 (AST 2 preferred)
  • Physical conditioning, backcountry skiing ability, and the appropriate gear necessary to complete the trip
  • Avy kit and proficiency with your transceiver
  • Ski boot-compatible crampons, ice axe likely needed for final summit approach(es)


  • Plan B: substitute Vantage for Mt Chief Pascal, Day Two: Mount Taylor or Tzil
  • Plan C: Whistler-Blackcomb daytrip
  • Plan D: If real ugly, reschedule for better conditions
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Dean Chamberland Grade: C3 Start: Sat 27 Apr '19
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Dean Chamberland Grade: C2 Start: Sat 20 Apr '19
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Dean Chamberland Grade: C4 Start: Mon 2 Jul '18
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Expect an epic trip to the highest peak in western Europe
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