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2023-03-04 at 23:54 - comment by DEMOCRATIZE AB

Howdy Ulrikeski,

Thankfully skiers do not have to ski up Fatigue Pass to Sundance Warden Cabin or Halfway Lodge. That would be killer! I have backpacked Fatigue Pass several times which was not bad but on skis it would be deadly.

The trail to Sundance Warden cabin turns left at the Fatigue Pass Junction which is roughly 2 km up valley from Sundance Lodge. There is a sign at the junction which is not too far from the Brewster Creek campsite which is on the Fatigue Pass trail. Both trails were recently snowshoe packed making for good skiing travel. The poles will sink a couple of feet or so in a few locations particularly in open areas.

The Brewster Creek Trail beyond Sundance Lodge is a fun technical trail to ski which I would rate as a mid-high to high intermediate level ski trail. As long as a skier is competent enough to control their skiing speed in any type of terrain they should be able to ski this trail with a smile on their face.

2023-03-04 at 12:02 - comment by ulrikeski

Hi Mr. Democracy, thanks for the inspiring beta about the great scenery beyond. I did see the narrow trail filled in with snow at the edge of the creek. Agree, snow base is not consolidated enough yet. You need quite some determination and strength to work your way up valley. You might run out of steam before reaching fatigue pass.

2023-03-03 at 23:25 - comment by DEMOCRATIZE AB

Howdy Ulrikeski,

Actually there is a well broken trail from Sundance Lodge to within about 1 kilometer of the beautiful scenic location of Sundance Warden Cabin where only a few skiers, like Sara M, are mentally and physically tough enough to get to in a single day. There is just likely a couple of centimeters of snow on the trail. I can certainly see the well defined trail in your photo along the creek. On Monday afternoon/evening I had skied up to within about 1 km of the Sundance Warden Cabin.

I am surprised people that stay at Sundance Lodge do not ski to Sundance Warden Cabin as it is only about a 10 km ski one way. They just don't know what they are missing I guess. The Brewster Valley only gets nicer the further one travels up it and it is pretty spectacular by the Half Way Lodge beyond the Sundance Warden Cabin.

It would be a great treat to to stay at Sundance Lodge for $259/night and then Ski about 14 km to Halfway Lodge for a day in the spring when there is a good firm snow base to ski on.

No sun at Sundance, but nice snow

Report Submitted by ulrikeski
(trip) Date: Friday Mar 03, 2023

Submitted: Friday Mar 03, 2023 at 17:52




Sundance Lodge trail was a good destination on this cloudy, snowy day. About 1cm new snow in the tracks. 2 snowmobiles passed me and smoothed out the ridges beside the track a fair bit. I also met a couple of skiers heading down. Loud booms from avalanche control along the way. It started snowing heavily when I reached the lodge. On the return trip the downhill corners were quite controllable in the soft snow. So I didn't mind being on my old race skis. In crunchy snow I'd prefer my Madshus Voss with metal edges.

no horses on a snowy day

no broken trail beyond the lodge

good snow for safe descent


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