Observation Peak

elevation: 3,174 m. height gain: 1,100 m.
area: Icefields Parkway,AB map 82 N/9

Ref: Chic Scott's Summits and Icefields
going up

In the trees.
Ski mountaineering: A high-pressure ridge had been well established for 3 weeks. Although it was very cold down in the valley, a temperature inversion made this trip very enjoyable. I omitted to call Fab for this outing. He said he wanted to come but after hearing he was out late, I didn't bother ringing. It turns out he'd been waiting at the door ready to go... Poor Fab... Val and I left early, the trail was broken partway; it is a popular area for quick ski turns. From what I remember, the ascent is straightforward; we left our skis before reaching the summit. The descent was quick and beautiful weather prompted us to skin-up for another run at treeline before dropping down into the frigid air.
nice conditions

Nice snow slope, nice skiing.


Val at the top, looking south-east.

summit view

Peyto Lake to the west.

more view

Mount Patterson.

getting another ski run in

Putting skins on for another quick run.
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