Birdwood traverse

Trip date: Thursday Apr 28, 2022

Submitted by Arie


Arie V., Darren F.


Skied the Birdwood traverse yesterday. Travel conditions were easy in the morning. The midday clouds kept the snow cool in the alpine, and it felt decidedly wintery despite it being late April. Skiing into Birdwood Creek from Birdwood Pass we enjoyed dust-on-crust conditions. The snow conditions in upper Commonwealth Creek were much trickier due to cakey, grabby snow. We skied back from Commonwealth to Burstall trailhead through the clearcuts at the west side of Smith-Dorrien valley. Here the snow had gone isothermal in places and the going was tough. In all, though, an excellent day of skiing.