Amazing Highland Snow this week

Easter monday, we headed up Hollyburn Ridge in Cypress Bowl.

I was amazed at the amount of snow that has fallen in the few days since I was last here. The top couple of inches was not exactly powder, it had the sandy quality of graupel. It is lovely to ski — as someone said, it is silky. We started down the east side of the ridge, heading into the Lake Capilano watershed.

Below the Water Boards we crossed over to the west side of the ridge and decided to make our own tracks through the old growth forest and down to the road.

At one point we found ourselves on the south side of a gully. The bench we were on vanished and there was no way forward, except down into the gully. Note how deep the snow is. We put our skins on and ascended for about 100 meters and continued to side-hill down. We emerged from the woods just above the point where the road to the nordic area meets the main Cypress Bowl highway.

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