Whitetooth & Blue Heaven Peak GR:930813

elevation: 2,448 m. and 2,505 m.
height gain: 1,300 m.
area:  Golden,BC
map 82 N/6
2016-Apr-24


Via Stairway to Heaven lift top at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Hike/snowshoe: RT 7.5; 3.5 up. The forecast for our region and the Bow Valley wasn't promising, 100% rain and snow at higher elevation. The ski hill was closed, I figured it was a great opportunity to go for a visit; it had been almost 2 years since my ACL injury in Bowl Over on a ski touring trip to Terminator Peak. I packed my Heli Hansen rain gear and my snowshoes just in case. The parking lot was desolate, I hiked on bare slopes to Pioneer lift top. From there, snow was unavoidable and got firm offering good travel; it wasn't raining yet but I entered cloud layers and visibility was greatly reduced. Once in Crystal Bowl, I was able to plod anywhere without the snowshoes. I quickly reached the back of the draw and used the groomed road to gain Stairway to Heaven lift top, by now it was drizzling. I went up the staircase and topped out on the summit of Whitetooth. I continued past the telemetry on the connecting ridge to the second summit better know as the top of Ozone. I couldn't see much in front of me. The snow was inconsistent so I put on the snowshoes before proceeding to the saddle and other peak. Once at the top, I sat in uniform greyness for a tranquil summit stay. Drizzle turned to snow and I stayed awhile despite having no view. On my way down, I stopped by Boo's grizzly refuge. I was lucky to notice him in his large pen; he seemed sleepy, unfortunately too far for some good pictures. What a great way to finish a fine day in the mountains, in the company of a grizzly that can't come out and eat me whole!!





past pioneer lift top

Just past Pioneer lift top.

ski hill is closed

The ski hill just closed and the road is not plowed yet.

crystal bowl


Crystal Bowl.


access to the slack country


Stairway to Heaven lift top and access to the "slack country".


whitetooth


Whitetooth is a skip and a hop from the top of the lift.


connecting ridge


Connecting ridge to Blue Heaven Peak aka top of Ozone.


summit cairn


Summit cairn protrudes out of the snow.


viewless stay


Sitting on my pack for a fine viewless stay.


heading back


Heading back.


cloud layers


Love the cloud layers.


lower down


Lower down in Crystal Bowl.


ski out


On the ski out.


rainbow


Beautiful rainbow in the valley below.


pioneer lift top


Pioneer lift top.


selfie


Good day out on my local ski hill!!
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