Driving on the Smith-Dorien Trail gravel road from Canmore, the wet mud conditions turned snowy soon enough as we went higher in elevation. Soon the snow was too deep for the car to head to our planned destination. We parked on the side of the road, geared up, and made our way towards nearby Commonwealth Ridge.
Michelle took over at a good time when we had to make alot of steep powdery kickturns.
|Backcountry AT race-gear skiers - Peter Knight, Marg Fedyna, Michelle Roberts|
I took many powdery tumbles, enough to have soggy socks by the end with snow making its way into my boots. Easy to get stuck in the deep powder, making for a challenge to get out of its depth. Will look into gathering appropriate clothing for AT as wet socks are not a safe option for the backcountry.
|GPS download looks more like 14.4 km and 1400m elevation gain|