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2022-01-27 at 22:00 - comment by Tanya K

Helen,
I too would love to try to connect East and West Elk Pass. Suspect I'd need help too. Maybe MaSid wants to do a guided tour. :)

You'll love East Elk Pass right now. The snow is much better than at West. No wind crust. Just soft fluffy snow and great skier-set tracks. And the trees are very beautiful and frosty now.



2022-01-27 at 20:57 - comment by Helen Read

Super entry Tanya c your Elk-dears. Photos all terrific and glad you refreshed the trail. I was there on 20th and broke trail from base of Blueberry thru to Hydroline but lots of wind up there. I look forward to getting into East Elk soon and would love to try the connection between the two meadows, but might have to await MaSid to take me.





All the Elks with the Ladies of Cross Country Skiing YYC

Report Submitted by Tanya K
(trip) Date: Thursday Jan 27, 2022

Submitted: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 09:28

Participants:

8 fabulous ladies from Cross country skiing YYC

Discussion:

We skied the classic Tyrwhitt Loop AKA Skier Bob Special with special side trips to both East and West Elk Pass.
East Elk Pass is reached from a meadow about 300 m past the picnic table on Tyrwhitt at the bottom of the big climb to Elk Pass.
We followed Ma Sid's tracks to his snow couch.
It was about 5 km return from Tyrwhitt.
Wider pole baskets recommended. Snow was great! Soft and fluffy.
West Elk Pass is reached off the Elk Pass Trail where you leave the trail at the bottom of the steep black hill descending from the pass, before the Blueberry junction.
We had tracks initially to follow but they were wind blasted once we reached the meadow to the couch. We had to break trail through crusty punchy snow where you punched through the crust with every step.
Nobody had taken the upper meadow route towards Blueberry so we returned the same way.
Our loop was 23km, 6 of it off trail touring.


East Elk Pass

East Elk Pass

Meadows en route to East Elk Pass

Snow couch at East Elk Pass

Elk Pass

Skiing to West Elk Pass


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