After soaking up the sunshine and stunning views, we reluctantly returned to Cabin Lake and headed for Black Mountain's south summit. At the top of the south summit, Zosia was feeling chilled and descended quickly to get out of the wind. I stayed at the top to take a few more photos, but when I was ready to descend, I saw Shaun ski down the south side of the summit (we had ascended the north side). I assumed that he was following Zosia down to ski the snowshoers' loop which visits a number of smaller lakes nearby before circling back to Cabin Lake. By the time I caught up to Shaun, we both realized that Zosia had gone back down to Cabin Lake. For some odd reason, Shaun and I decided to ski the rest of the loop rather than backtrack over the top of the south summit. Thankfully, Zosia was smart enough to figure out where we both went, and she intercepted us just as we were completing the loop (not really worth it). Reunited, we briefly skied down our ascent trail before cutting over to the ski resort for a much easier run back to the base area.
As if we did not have enough misunderstandings for the day, Shaun became separated from Zosia and me on our ski down. While he waited for us near the trailhead, Zosia and I ended up skiing directly to Black Mountain Lodge. Fortunately, Shaun's phone was still on, and I was able to send him a text message and get him to rendezvous with us in the warming room. I am happy to report that I did not get separated from the other two on our way back to my car, but I actually had to consult my GPS at one point to locate my car in the parking lot. Such are the hazards of skiing at Cypress Mountain!
A pullout along Cypress Bowl Road grants this view of Vancouver including Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park.
|Zosia and Sonny arrive at Cypress Mountain base area after a 400-metre ski from the parking lot.|
|Big icicles dangle off the roof of Black Mountain Lodge.|
|After a bit of a haul through the base area of the ski resort, Zosia finally arrives at the trailhead to Black Mountain.|
|Zosia and Shaun skin up a steep section of trail.|
|Cabin Lake is covered with snow on this day.|
|Zosia follows Shaun up a beaten track leading to the north summit of Black Mountain.|
|Sonny is happy to see sunshine again.
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
Snowy trees surround the summit area of Black Mountain.
|The Lions look striking to the north.|
|Visible further north are Howe Sound and the Tantalus Range.|
|Shaun, Zosia and Sonny stand on the north (true) summit of Black Mountain (1226 metres).|
|The top of Eagle Express chairlift is barely visible through the trees at left. On the other hand, Mount Baker is easily seen on the horizon to the southeast.|
|The lower south summit of Black Mountain is visible at right.|
|Mount Elphinstone is the snowy summit to the west on the Sunshine Coast. On the horizon at left are the mountains of Vancouver Island.|
|Shaun heads for the south summit.|
|Zosia climbs up between some trees guarding the south summit.|
|Shaun, Zosia and Sonny pose together atop the south summit of Black Mountain (1216 metres).|
Shaun is ready to make some turns.
|Here is a comprehensive view of (L to R) Brunswick Mountain, Unnecessary Mountain, The Lions and Mount Strachan from the south summit.|
|A break in the trees to the east reveals Hollyburn Mountain.|
|Although it is about 10 metres lower than the north summit, the south summit has a clearer view of Mount Baker (right) and the Fraser River valley.|
|Zosia makes a few turns going down the
Photo courtesy of Shaun Luong
Distance: 7.8 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 3 hours 55 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 320 metres