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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Skoki Ski Lodge
  • Location: Banff National Park (Skoki)
  • Activity: Ski Touring
  • Height: 2,140 m (7,021 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,225 m (4,019 ft)
  • Distance: 28.4 km / Round Trip (17.6 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 4.9°
  • Estimated Time: 7-9 hrs
  • Technicality: Novice
  • Fitness Level: Hard

I signed up for CSMC’s Skoki trip coordinated by Tom. First time I visited Skoki was a long weekend backpacking in last summer which weather wise totally sucked. It was just above 0 degree and there was maybe total of 2 hours of sun in entire 4 days… So I was super pleased it was sunny this time. Like me who grew up in Japan knows after typhoon there will always be a spectacular sunny day. This Sunday was just like that kind of spectacular sunny day.

Skoki is such a popular place to be whether in summer or winter or right at the end of the world (I can see millions of people rushing to Skoki when Earth is breaking into pieces), I am not going to describe route since it's so obvious except 1 part. Right after crossing ski runs (waypoint “Right”), there is a small sign pointing to trail to Skoki Ski Lodge. I thought the sign itself isn’t obvious enough there is a chance you will miss it if you are not paying attention especially wide groomed road from the parking lot still continues.

I brought AT for this since that’s all I have but many people come here with x-country I found out. Which is nice because that means more people can enjoy this trip.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Beginning of a great day with Tom, Jenna, and Mike.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Mount Victoria at Lake Louise in distance.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Near Halfway Hut. Skoki's tall peaks. Mouseover for peak pointers.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Sun over Redoubt.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Mount St. Bride. It like a big knife cut the top of the mountain.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Boulder Pass
  • Location: Banff National Park (Skoki)
  • Activity: Ski Touring
  • Height: 2,234 m (7,330 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 600 m (1,969 ft)
  • Distance: 8.1 km / One Way (5.0 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 4.2°
  • Technicality: Novice

At Boulder Pass. Lots of people migrating from north.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

So this is how Skoki looks in sunny day.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Closer to Deception Pass. Panorama shot paradise. Mouseover for peak pointers.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Ridges of impossible to remember names. I think I will call them Chinaman's peaks. Well actually Heather Ridge (right) is easy enough.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Deception Pass
  • Location: Banff National Park (Skoki)
  • Activity: Ski Touring
  • Height: 2,477 m (8,127 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 750 m (2,461 ft)
  • Distance: 10.5 km / One Way (6.5 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 4.1°
  • Technicality: Novice

I was trying to trigger avalanche but snow was too stable and slope was too flat…

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Ptarmigan Peak from behind (from north) and Wall of Jericho.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Skoki Ski Lodge. You cannot visit this lodge if you are hiking, snowboarding or snowshoeing. It's only ski lodge.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

In the afternoon, some clouds start showing up.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

Fossil Mountain.

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Skoki Ski Lodge | 2011-04-03

We got hit by a short snow smack.

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