Little Pipestone warden cabin

Submitted by Sara M
(trip) Date: Wednesday May 05, 2021

the Louise peaks from Point Camp meadow

looking up the valley from the meadow

made it to Little Pipestone warden cabin!



Participants:

Sara M and Olivia BN

Discussion:

Another day, another crust ski! I was joined by Olivia on a mission to reach the Little Pipestone warden cabin. I was worried that there wouldn't be many snow bridges left over the river, and I was right! The ski along the trail in the morning was bumpy and icy. There were a couple bare spots to step across, but mostly it's still covered. Once we got to the end of the trails and onto the river, things got a bit more interesting. There were no snow bridges to be seen. We skied beside the river when there was snow, and ducked onto the hiking trail when there wasn't. Eventually, we came to the ONLY snow bridge and crossed to the right (east) side of the river. There was more snow on that side and we had to be over there eventually if we wanted to reach the cabin. There were still some forest detours, but less often. Skiing through Point Camp meadow was lovely. There were more bridges over the Little Pipestone and we made it to the cabin and had some snacks. The snow was softening quickly, so we began our somewhat-frantic ski back. I struggled quite a bit as the snow got softer. My skate skis are pretty short at 177cm. More manoeuverable in tight trees, but higher PSI on the failing crust! After recrossing our faithful snow bridge, we stuck to the hiking trail all the way back to the ski trails. The morning's icy conditions had softened and we felt much more relaxed and in control on the return to the parking lot.

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