Looking at Softmap and confering with the Bivouac site, the plan was set. Drive up on friday and crash in Penticton, then on saturday see what we could get in the hills. Saturday morning found sunny skies and us getting a late start. We hit the hill and giggled to ourselves as we bought a one up lift ticket for 10 dollars. Making our way to the lift we saw a ski patroller so I asked how the avy conditions were out of bounds. 'Whoa, it's high, so don't even think about it' was his reply. OK, I had to bite. 'The CAA reports it moderate and you have only had 15cms over the past 7 days, why do you rate the danger so high?' I said. He changed the subject, 'you have all the gear right?'.
We got on the high speed quad and quickly gained the top of Beaconsfield Mountain. A quick ride down south to the ski area boundry at 2060m put us in the trees and we quickly began to climb the small sub peak north of Apex. Sadly the wind had actioned all slopes above the treeline. Bummer.
We made quick time over to the peak of Apex. Traversing over to the peak we saw some promising slopes off the north/northeast ridge (see picture) to ride but the snow was bulletproof. The peak was littered with shacks, and cell towers, it... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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