Caution: If you are a novice skier, don’t go here. It’s also not suitable for skinny skis with the present conditions.
Dec 31, 2020: Thanks for all the trip reports. I’m glad that everyone else was having a good time.
When I heard that Redearth Creek was trackset, I was pretty excited and looking forward to skiing to the warden’s cabin. Well, today the winning streak came to an end. I was shocked to see just how much tracksetting had been done. Never thought I’d say this, but there was too much tracksetting. I was surprised to see the double track on the entire trail, including steep hills and tight turns.
It was very difficult to control my speed on the downhills with two tracks and the hard ridge in the middle. In fact, I would consider it unsafe.
I would suggest that one track on the entire trail would be sufficient, leaving a wider space for snowplowing. On the very steep hills, no track would be better.
That ridge! The snow in the middle, between the two tracks, was quite firm and choppy, making it difficult to snowplow. Reminiscent of the bad old days on Goat Creek before the grooming was changed.
When I realized how difficult it would be to return, I turned around at 4.1K, right where a previous skier had crashed and left a huge divot in the trail.
It was obvious that a few skiers were on the trail yesterday, soon after tracksetting, because I could see the footprints of skiers who walked down for fear of crashing.
The trip back down was a death-defying challenge. The term Ray Perrott coined to describe this phenomenon is “defensive skiing.”
I can’t recommend this trail as it sits, unless you are into high-risk behavior.
The first time I skied Redearth Creek many years ago, about 3K from the trailhead a group of skiers were gathered around a woman on the side of the trail who had broken her leg.
Redearth Creek has many steep hills with tight turns at the bottom. I only went 4.1K, but had gained a net elevation of 200 metres. I enjoyed the climb but was getting more nervous by the minute, dreading the trip down. On the flats, the two tracks are of no issue, but Redearth Creek is mostly hills.
The snow cover is excellent. I didn’t see one rock, not even on the first kilometre. On the way up, at 400 metres, there’s a small bridge that is elevated from the trail. On the way back, if you hit it at full speed, you will be launched into the stratosphere. Some snow shovelling on each end of the bridge would make it a lot safer.
As I was almost back, I encountered two skiers who were just starting out. I warned them of the situation and the woman seemed genuinely concerned but the man was dismissive. When I reached the trailhead, the wildlife gate was open.
There is a new gate which is much easier to open and close than the previous one.
I saw Chuck’s car in the parking lot, so I was expecting his Trip Report and photos. He was grateful for the tracksetting, but added “The ACC tracksetter needs to learn what hazards to avoid.” Keep in mind, I’m your average skier on skinny skis. Chuck is a phenom with great skill and ability.