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Mount Windsor on Skis
Timestamp Free: 2018.03.23 - 14:07:37
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Britannia Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1500m
Participants: Club party of about eight.
Difficulty: 2: Advanced skiing or normal snowshoeing.
A skier joins a club snowshoe trip to Mount Windsor. A great trip with good company.
I hadn't been up Windsor before and never heard of anyone skiing it so I was a bit uncertain about what was involved. There was further uncertainty about car pooling on another trip to the Coquihalla area and I wasn't psyched for the long two and a half hour drive up the Fraser Valley to the Coq from Vancouver. In the end, that was the clincher for me. The trailhead for Windsor is only about an hour or less from Vancouver.

Mark organized the trip for a club. I'd been on a few trips with the club last year - the only skier on a snowshoer's trip. It seemed to work well. In the parking lot where we met I was surprised to run into Greg. He was heading up on snowshoes (surprise!) but carrying up boogie board skis, which are short skis not much longer than a binding and look kind of like stunt skis. I decided to drive my own vehicle just in case I needed to bail out early. [photo]GregLino.JPG[caption]Boogie skis.[/photo]

The usual pre-trip confab revealed I was the only one with an avalanche beacon and shovel. It's reassuring because then I know that we won't be traveling in avalanche terrain. There's a new overpass at Porteau Cove courtesy of the Olympics which means you can now park at the Deeks Lake trailhead without having to cross the highway. Mark tried to get up the side road a short distance but got stuck in the snow. It's fortunate that I brought a shovel because I was able to dig him out later. It's good to find a use for a shovel. I don't know what to do with a single beacon, though but I took it anyway, in case there was a break in. You never know, there may be a trip in future where there are two beacons. We could play hide and seek.

There was a regional temperature inversion, which was good for the approach. There was about 30 cm of hard-frozen snow...

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