Via Smut’s SE face. An excellent Kananaskis spring ski.

Logistics

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Park along the Smith Dorrien across from Mount Smuts, approximately 5km north of the Burstall/Chester parking lots.

Trip Report

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The route begins up Commonwealth Creek. Get an early start as Smut’s SE face receives a lot of intense sun. Head towards large slide path coming off of Smut’s SE face and boot-pack up directly towards the summit ridge.

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Starting the boot-pack above. Avalanche debris on the lower half of the face made ascending somewhat tedious. These lower slopes are approximately 35 degrees steep.

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Better boot-packing conditions midway up at first light. These slopes are approximately 45 degrees steep.

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Nearly topping out. Upper slopes towards the summit ridge reached the low-50s in steepness.

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Topping out on the summit ridge. A short scramble to the true summit can be done if you wish. We waited on the ridge until 8:45am for the snow to soften up (April 9).

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Great, steep corn skiing on the upper slopes!

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To avoid the avalanche debris, we trended skier’s right after each cliff band. Arrow above marks a good route around the debris on the lower slopes.

Stats

Screenshot_2016-04-09-13-32-01GPS route above in blue. Route finding is straight forward.

Screenshot_2016-04-09-13-30-55Screenshot_2016-04-09-13-30-51Times and distances are round trip, and include a 30 minute wait at the summit ridge for snow to soften up. Back in Canmore in time for breakfast!

 

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