After waiting two years for the Healy creek bridge to be replaced, you can now access Brewster creek from the Healy creek trailhead on the Sunshine road.
It’s a much shorter and more pleasant ski from the Healy trailhead than it was for the last two years from the Cave and Basin.
Air temperature at Healy trailhead at noon was -2°C and the snow was -3. It’s been a long time since I used VR50(0/-4) and it worked well. I didn’t need much wax on the flat skis I was using today.
From the Healy creek trailhead it’s best to walk for the first 150 metres, first to avoid skiing on all the spruce cones, then to avoid the dirt which the snowplows throw onto the trail.
For not being trackset since Dec 20, I was surprised at the condition of the snow and tracks. If it wasn’t for the tree debris, this trail would be considered fair to good condition. The tracks were washed out occasionally, but the 2.6K to the Brewster junction was quite enjoyable.
I don’t know when Brewster creek was trackset, and there’s a lot of debris on the first 3K, but the snow was still nice and cold and the tracks get better and better the higher you go. At 3k, and about 150 metres elevation, the snow was clean and the tracks were holding up reasonably well. There is enough fresh snow on the trail to give it a tracksetting.
When I skied this trail on Dec 1, I dug out some exposed rocks and cleared a few trees which had fallen on the trail. I pushed and pulled one stubborn tree as hard as I could and just managed to get it off to the side of the trail. I was amused to see it still laying exactly where I had put it. I put a big bend in the trunk and I’m surprised it didn’t spring back out onto the trail.
From the Healy creek trailhead it’s 11.3K to the end of the tracksetting at Sundance Lodge.
Brewster creek gets a lot of snowmobile traffic from Sundance Lodge hauling supplies in. The snowmobiles leave ruts and ridges which can be an issue when you’re going down the steep hills, so it’s best if you have wider, metal-edged skis for this trail.
John, the caretaker at Sundance Lodge, and Stephen, the cook, were hauling supplies in today and overtook me when I was about 200 metres from the lodge.
They’ve also groomed a 5K trail beyond the lodge on which you can ski to Turtle Tom’s cabin.
Sundance Lodge is open for guests Thursday to Sunday nights. They do not offer lunch or tea to daytrippers, but Stephen said they are working on that.