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Beverley Lake Ski while heavy rain in Vancouver
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.17 - 17:55:29
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 800m
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington, Steve Grant, Chris Kubinski
Difficulty: 3: Uneven skiing in trees, creek crossing, some exposure to potential avalanche
Pleasant skiing in the trees, ideal for a snowy day with limited visibility.
It had been pouring in Vancouver for several days and we were tired of the darkness and rain. We met Steve at the church parking lot and all went in my car. It was still pouring as we left the parking lot at the church at 7:00 AM. There were a large number of cars moving about in the pitch darkness.

It was still raining in Squamish, so we headed for the highest parking lot we could find. The parking lot at Callaghan is at 800m, whereas anything at Whistler you start at 680m and to ski up the Garibaldi lake trail at this time of year you have to start close to the highway at about 400m.

Sure enough, by the time we reached the Callaghan parking lots, there were huge snow banks. Although the road was not bare, it was not too icy.

We paid the $16.00 parking fee at the gate, filled out the form you leave on the dash, and headed for the normal Biathlon parking lot. We reached there at about 9:00 and there were about 10 other cars there, all going backcountry skiing - mostly to Hanging Lake.

We put our skis on and headed across the upper groomed run to the "drop" which takes you down to the lower groomed track. I was surprised at the lack of fresh snow. Despite all the rain in Vancouver, there was less than 5 cm of fresh snow in the trees on top of a hard frozen surface. It must have rained during the week.

Once at the bottom of the rock hard connector, and on the lower groomed track, we turned right and skied along the edge and around the curve, and soon crossed the Maple Leaf bridge. Just beyond the bridge is the official "Beverley creek trailhead", well marked by signs.

The lower Beverley trail also had very little fresh snow, and in the places where you could see the ground, the entire snow pack was less than 1 meter. There was one other set of tracks,...

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