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Another Puma South Peak Attempt Ski Trip
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.07 - 14:34:39
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington, Phil Hammer, Libby Swain, George Fulton, Dave Williams, George's nephew.
Difficulty: 3: Some steep skiing in trees.
A concise description of a daytrip part way up Puma S1, from the east side of the ridge, bypassing the Marvellous Ramps.
This is a description of a trip we just did part way up Puma South Peak. This report summarizes the latest access information and point to previous information already posted in Bivouac. So it is a good report to read if you want to go into this area.

The trail description in Beverly Creek Winter Trail has the best description.

It was snowing heavily and the snowplow drifts were already more than two meters high as we drove up the Callaghan Valley Road. As we drove past the Alexander Falls Parking Area, we noted it was not plowed. We continued around the hairpin and arrived at the gate to the Whistler Olympic Park. We paid the $10 per car fee as described in the Backcountry Access Rules. We then drove directly to the Biathalon Parking lot.

We put on our skis in heavy snow, and headed up the groomed trail and under the "Vancouver 2010" bridge as described with photos in Robin Tivy Report in 2013. We got to the "Maple Leaf Bridge" over Beverly Creek and crossed it and found the official trailhead for the Beverly Creek winter trail. It was marked with bright orange markers, and there is a wide swath as you climb an easy gradient up through the trees. It was cleared in 2013 October by a joint BCMC/ VOC group.

At first the trail breaking was easy, but as we got higher, the snow became deeper and more difficult. We finally made it to "Key Lake" and here crossed the Hanging Lake Summer trail (Rainbow-Madeley Trail), which comes from the upper Madeley Lake Road. (See Map). Somewhere along here was a huge sign with a map showing all the trails, including the route to Puma South Peak.

At the north end of Key lake, we deviated from the normal "Marvelous Ramps" route to Puma, and instead stayed on the...

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