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hyster350

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BC Skiing near 108
« on: December 17, 2019, 12:38:26 PM »
Hi, where do you guys recommend backcountry skiing? I do not have a snowmobile but I don’t mind spending a night in the backcountry.  In the past I have skied the South and West side of Burst rock area and from there I have skied the bowl (South side of 4N34) that goes down near the Crabtree Trailhead area.  I have skied the Sonora pass and Leavitte Peak area and Burnt Bowl area from near Aspen Meadows pack station.   
Is there any skiing in the Herring Creek Dome/Pinecrest Peak area or Cooper Peak area?
Are there any routes to ski off the North side of 4N34 (the ridge trail that goes from top of Dodge out to Gianelli Trailhead) that will take me back to the bottom of chair 8 at Dodge?
Is there anything worth skiing in the Strawberry area or in the in the Emigrant Wilderness?

Thanks

Mark

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Re: BC Skiing near 108
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2019, 10:16:14 PM »
Hi Mark,
There's probably only a couple of us doing any skiing/skinning, and I've been riding the sled lately more than anything.

Not sure if Duncan and Shanna will see this just yet, but they've ski'd off Pinecrest Peak taking different lines from the look out area above Herring Creek Dome. Putting in from the Lake, taking the line to that mini lake then east ward skinning up, iirc.

Talked to a riding friend who has actually ridden off Herring Creek Dome. I'd be nervous about avy off those slabs.

More of a skin up and mellow terrain, is from areas past Strawberry on 108, east of the hwy. Look for the big pull out on the left for the parking. Sometimes the snow plow berm has to be chopped so you can get on top of it. Nothing steep. But that was a worthy few hours one afternoon for me.

I have seen one guy taking the FS roads out from Cow Creek quite a ways. May have been just a skin up and out for a work out rather than good turns.

I've skinned up Gooseberry road to backside of Dodge. That's a cool way to get some runs. But for more quiet the Burst Rock area, like you saw, is good. The snow machinas avoid that area. Spring skiing of course is the ticket up at the Pass.

Hope that helps a little,
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Re: BC Skiing near 108
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2019, 05:06:34 PM »
Thank you Rob.  Looking at Caltopo, from Cow Creek the bowl to the South(Punch Bowl) looks good and it looks like there might be some descent mellow skiing off the South side of the ridge that Bull Run Rock is on.  I am going to go check that area out.

Thank you,

Mark

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Re: BC Skiing near 108
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2019, 02:14:29 PM »
Hey Mark - I'm excited to see some more human powered skiing on the pass!

We've done a rambling tour from Leland Meadows towards Pinecrest Peak. It's a bit rolling but it's a good option when Herring Creek road is closed. The descent gully for HCD holds snow and is a fun little spot.

We've also done some quirky tours from Dodge Ridge down to Cleo's Bath. Not sure I'd recommend that one :)

I've been very curious about exploring the 2018 Donnell burn. The challenge when accessing the pass without a snowmobile is getting high enough to get out of thick trees... the burn may be one good way to get into more open terrain closer to the sno-park.

I'd also be curious to check out Cooper Peak and Castle Rock.  We did a nice little bike loop off Herring Creek Road on 4N12 this fall.  Overnighting off 4N12 could be a fun way to check out that zone.

Keep us posted on what you find!