On this particular excursion my brother and I started from Cypress Bowl just after the downhill operation closed for the season. We skinned up Collins Run to the top of the upper chair. We continued along the ridge to the west-facing gully separating the lifts from the main summit of Mount Strachan. We skied the [px]HSCSki-5.jpg[c]west gully[/px] which was unfortunately hard and icy in the morning. After a bone-jarring, ski-chattering descent we intersected the Howe Sound Crest Trail between Strachan and St. Marks, which is a wooded bump straddling the trail. The timber on the Crest is never too dense for skiing. There is a short descent off St Marks to the north and hardly worth taking off the skins for. There is a short climb up a broad subalpine ridge to another wooded bump with [px]HSCSki-4.jpg[c]grand overlooks[/px] of Howe Sound. This makes for a good snack stop after a couple of hours of skiing. Some day trippers turn around here because there is a more significant elevation loss to a saddle before climbing up towards Unnecessary Mountain.
The climb up to Unnecessary begins in large timber. The wind here often creates furrows... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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