Although the summer approach to Snow Spider is via Van Horlick creek, this road is not plowed in winter, which makes the route up Cerise Creek and over Vantage col the ski route of choice.
We started at about 10:30 AM from the usual Cerise creek parking lot on the Duffy lake road. Within minutes of the road are the two small creek crossings which are done at this time of year with a mixture of snow bridges and logs. Then we headed up the usual well flagged trail to the Cerise Creek hut till reaching the open space below the morraine. From there, we continued south rather than swinging around the corner to the Cerise hut. We climbed steadily on open slopes till we reached the col between Vantage Peak and the East ridge of Matier. The UTM co-ordinates of this col are 415-757. (East is first, followed by north.)
Once reaching the col, the party huddled together then descended down the packed slopes till the large lake at 427735 was reached. Once across the lake we then dropped down along the creek a bit before swinging east toward the Twin One - Van Horlick col. This area is now recently logged, so we were on the logging road for a while. At the end of the logging road, we climbed through the trees reaching the hut.
The snow was up to the peak of the roof of the cabin, but the door and the front windows were visible. Inside it was pleasantly bright and clean, with one end split by a loft and the other end containing a good iron stove. This cabin was built with a good deal of effort by members of the Whistler Ski and Kayak club. It is well designed and constructed, although made of fairly plain materials.
It snowed hard all night, and the next morning we awoke to more snow and whiteout. By the time we were ready to leave, Snow... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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