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Skiing Hanes Valley behind Grouse Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.23 - 12:59:17
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 600m
Participants: Tim Ryan, Blair Mitten
Difficulty: 2: Terrain that is traversed and descended is very prone to avalanche in all but the most stable snow and weather conditions.
Backcountry skiing behind Grouse Mountain Resorts
To ski the backcountry behind Grouse Mountain Resort, (GMR), begin by, usually, hiking up the BCMC trail that parallels the Grouse Grind, it is a safer winter route up the south side of the mountain than 'The Grind'. An unmarked trail leaves from the east end of the gravelled and free parking lot and, climbing the slope under the powerline, meets with the marked BCMC trail at its junction with the Baden-Powell trail. On previous trips Tim Ryan and I have carried our skis to about 2000âa'a" elevation where we were able to start skiing up beside or on the trail to the chalet, where, as skiers have done for seventy years or so, we stopped for tea before continuing up the marked snowshoe trail to the summit of Dam Mountain.

On April 20, 2008, with the ski area closed for the season, we were able to use our gondola-only season tickets for a lift. Itâa'a"s a fifty-fifty chance that a ski-tourer with designs on better skiing than offered by the lift serviced area will be ignored and get a ride on the gondola or, an attendant will assert GMRâa'a"s proprietary rights and/or concerns for your safety, GMRâa'a"s liability, or your sanity, and deny you a ride on their appliance. Thatâa'a"s their right, their toy, be prepared for the walk!

From the summit of Dam Mountain we dropped a bit and climbed up Little Goat Mountain. We explored along the divide toward Goat Mountain for a more direct descent to Crown Pass but, stopped by a knob with a steep traverse around or a hundred- sidestep climb over, we returned to Little Goat to begin our descent to Crown Pass.

A couple of weeks earlier we thought that skiing down this route with almost two feet of fresh powder would be fun. The avalanche hazard as reported by CAC was 'considerable.' The first few turns were...

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