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Nelson- Game Two 3 Years, 6 Months ago  
In a rematch between ACC Calgary section members and the Nelson area, similar conditions prevailed. A warming trend resulted in no snow at lower elevations, and crampon worthy ice throughout the remaining snowpack. Luckily it had snowed a decent amount earlier in the week providing some good fluff on sheltered, north aspects, with spring skiing conditions on solar (icy in the a.m. hiking up and soft corn in the p.m. skiing down).

The team started out smaller this set, but kept all players till the final buzzer.

With an early morning departure, arrived at Kootenay Pass for an afternoon of uphill ice walking. Turns down the backside (South facing) were variable, but corn snow was to be found in pockets.

A second day at Kootenay Pass resulted in some nice mid-day turns, but with difficult uphill conditions and one member sans ski crampons, it made for challenging touring. A later departure off the hill resulted in great ice turns and a few falls on the way out.

Two nights spent at the fantastically quirky Ymir hotel (if you have never been would highly recommend it). Art aplenty, and a musicians drop-in jam on Friday nights. The kitchen also pulled through, feeding hungry players both nights.



The next stop on the road trip was Nelson, in an attempt to purchase ski crampons. Lesson for the day- never wait till the end of a (heinously icy) season to grab these, as none were to be found in all of Nelson. One set of boot crampons later, the team was off to check conditions at White Queen. Grass to be seen on most low elevation backcountry destinations. Instead, the group headed up Kaslo way, where an enjoyable afternoon was spent soaking in the Ainsworth Hot Springs, a leftover from the old mining town days.

Well rested, the team was off to London Ridge in the Goat Range of the Selkiks for another round of walking uphill on ice and a few boot-hops across some bare spots on creek beds. Luckily, old mining trails abounded, which proved the perfect grade for uptracks. Some of the nicest snow of the trip was to be found….sheltered north pow up high and great, southern corn snow runs on the way out, right up to the bobsled track. Then some unfortunate alder bashing to the bottom.



The big goal, Mt Brennan, was to be attempted in a 2 day push with winter camping by the lake. Unfortunately, with a later start and large South facing slope looming, it was not to be, and the team got pushed back to Brent’s cabin to enjoy the sauna for the evening.

The last day resulted in a leisurely wake up and departure, with one last stop for some leg stretching and touring up Lightning Strike ridge in Kootenay Pass on the way home.

With no injuries, the team arrived back in Calgary in good spirits. Stars to Brent for organizing the trip, and to Brad for completing all of the driving and raising team morale with continual high spirits.



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