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Puma South via Marvellous ramps Again
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.28 - 08:54:35
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1010m
Participants: Steve Grant, Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Steep skiing, some route finding
One of the 10 classic day trips of the Vancouver area
It was a perfectly clear day, the only nice day in the 3 day Feburary long weekend. We met Steve Grant at the church in North Vancouver at 7:30, and all three of us went in my Suzuki Grand Vitara north, up the Callaghan valley road, through the Olympic toll gate and to the Biathlon parking lot. (see Access notes above). The Biathlon parking lot had a lot of cars, and we were just able to sqeeze in at the south end of the lot. My track log shows it was 9:15 AM when we got going. The temperature was -10 centigrade with blue skies and no wind.

The first part of the route is the Biathlon to Beverly Access Route. This route starts out going past the Biathlon center, where outdoor speakers were playing music on this sunny day. Steve remarked that it would be a pleasant festive scene later in the morning for the track skiers. Once we skied under the bridge and around we got to the cutoff down to the Madeley Loop. The cutoff was marked by signs for a snowshoe trail called "Madeley Explorer". The steep downhill cutoff trail was well trodden. Fortunately there was still enough soft snow that it was no problem skiing down to the Madeley Creek loop.

Once on the Madeley Creek Loop, we skied north, crossed Madeley Creek on the bridge, and found the turnoff sign to the Beverley Creek trail. It was soon necessary to break trail. We had heard that there was a BCMC trip the day before, but they must have taken a different route. We reached the iconic "Key Lake", still breaking trail.

[photo]02_KeyLake.jpg[caption]The Legendary Key Lake - 10:21 AM[/photo]

We proceeded north from Key Lake, and then hit a faint trail, and then a major fresh set of ski tracks coming up from the left. Looking at GMap T8 display, I'd say they must have skied up the groomed trail up...

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