Peter and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day or better conditions for skiing Skogan Pass to the summit. In 600 metres of net elevation, we did not have to herringbone even once, yet we had incredibly fast glide.
We started at 11:20 a.m. from the northwest corner of Nakiska’s main parking lot. It’s a very short walk to access the Hidden trail which takes you right through the base area of Nakiska.
From Nakiska, it’s about 800 metres to the junction of Ruthie’s and Skogan. Watch out for crazy, out-of-control downhillers!
The air and snow temperature were both -12°C. We used VR30(-10/-30) very succesfully for the entire day. The snow appeared to be abrasive but we both had base binder which kept our wax on.
When I took the air temperature at the summit two hours later, it was -5.
Everything is in beautiful shape. The wonderful grooming and the cold, clean snow made for a memorable day.
When I was heading back down, I passed Chris S who was on his way up. He took a picture of the happy couple at the summit and sent it to me, thanks Chris. If the skiers will email me, I’ll be happy to add their names to the photo.
We put on our warm clothes for the quick descent but at the first junction on the way back down(2.5K), I stopped and removed my vest because I was too warm. A nice problem to have when coming down this trail.
As always, the Screamer was great fun on the descent. Peter didn’t want to stop when we reached the Ruthie’s junction and kept going until I yelled at him to turn around.
Starting at Nakiska eliminates having to negotiate the ice flows on Lower Skogan. Alternatively, you can start at Stoney trailhead and ski the very scenic Hay Meadow trail, then climb the steep hill on Ruthie’s. You can also take Hidden trail all the way from Ribbon Creek.
I was glad to read on the trip reports that skiers are making use of the new grooming and good conditions on Coal Mine. That’s another big climb and fast descent.