BOU AVENUE
Mount Crowe
Zosia Zgolak and I joined some friends for a ski ascent of Mount Crowe in British Columbia's Rossland Range Recreation Site on 31 December 2018.  The trip was led by Michael Schoemaker and Wendy Kadar, and joining us were Andrew Chinnick, Eda Kadar, and Wendy's dog, Ruthie.  Starting from a pullout on the north side of Highway 3B about 8 kilometres south of the western intersection with Highway 3 (or 16 kilometres north of Red Mountain Resort), we utilized Nordic ski trails--Crowe Road, Cookie's Road, Gordski Road, and Kim's Way--to climb over White Owl Pass and reach Mosquito Cabin which sits at the foot of Mount Crowe's western slopes.  From there, we picked up Crowe Road again but only followed it for a short distance northward before zigzagging up a large cut block to intersect Cliff Road.  We continued climbing up another cut block above Cliff Road and eventually entered forest to reach the crest of Mount Crowe's north ridge.  We were surprised to find a cat track here, but we happily followed it most of the way to the summit.
Be prepared--there are no washrooms here! The group gears up at the pullout beside the highway.
Okay, stop talking, start skiing! The group makes their way along Crowe Road near the start of the trip.
Still a long way to go... Mount Crowe is visible in the background as the group makes its way up Gordski Road.
It's either Kim's Way or the highway... The group climbs over White Owl Pass via Kim's Way.
Thanks go out to local volunteers who built and maintain this shelter! Zosia arrives at Mosquito Cabin which is equipped with a wood stove.  Not pictured, a sheltered wood pile and an outhouse are also nearby.
Now the real work begins... The group leaves the cabin and heads for the slopes in the distance.
And guess where I am?? Andrew and Zosia follow the tracks of the others who are further up the slope but mostly hidden by small trees.
There's some good skiing to be found in those trees! The group continues climbing above Cliff Road.
Good doggie! Ruthie obediently follows behind Andrew as they head into the forest.
Maybe we'll come back someday to ski Mount Neptune... Here is a glimpse to the northeast of Mount Neptune from a break in the trees along Mount Crowe's north ridge.

Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak

I gave Ruthie a bit of my sandwich! During a lunch break on a cat track, Wendy organizes her gear, and Ruthie sniffs around for edible handouts while Sonny unenthusiastically eats a turkey salad sandwich.

Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak

Love those colourful old Black Diamond Quadrant boots! After leaving the cat track, Michael heads up the final short distance to the summit which is somewhere to the left in the trees.

Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak

The summit of Mount Crowe is mostly covered with trees and is not well-defined, and we skied a bit further south just to make sure we had indeed tagged the highest point.  We subsequently turned around and removed our skins before skiing back the way we came.  In particular, the slopes above and below Cliff Road were a blast to ski, and while Andrew was content to relax and wait at Mosquito Cabin with Ruthie, the rest of us donned our skins and climbed back up for another run down.

Eda, Zosia and I joined Andrew and Ruthie at the cabin after this second run, but Michael and Wendy stopped at Cliff Road and climbed up once more for a third lap through the trees.  We eventually all regrouped at the cabin before skiing together back to the trailhead after sunset.  Despite some challenging skiing in fading light, we all made it down without a spill.  It was a nice end to a great day of skiing, and for Zosia and me, it was a fabulous way to wrap up another fun-filled year together.
Ruthie, stop licking yourself during the group photo! Gathered near the summit of Mount Crowe (2147 metres) are (L to R) Zosia, Eda, Michael, Andrew, Wendy, Ruthie and Sonny.

Believe it or not, this is actually a colour photograph!

This is the connecting ridge to Mount Neptune as seen from near the summit of Mount Crowe.

 

Trail is about 18 kilometres away as the crow flies. Industrial smoke from the town of Trail, British Columbia is barely visible in the distance just right of centre.
Time for some downhill fun! Shortly after leaving the summit, Michael follows the rest of the group back down the way they came.
Eda is Wendy's older sister! Eda has no problems with her brand new ski gear.
Awesome! Let's go back up for another! Zosia is all smiles after her first downhill run of the day.
It's a shame we didn't get to ski down this slope! Michael, Eda, Zosia and Wendy climb back up above Cliff Road for another downhill run.
I later stumbled here and nearly got trapped in the tree well on the right! Sonny pulls off his climbing skins.

Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak

Simply beautiful. Zosia looks for a good line through the trees.

Where did Eda go??

Back on Cliff Road, Wendy and Michael prepare to ascend for a third downhill run while Zosia admires the distant views.  Behind them is a local who is skiing on light touring gear.

 

Kocham Cię! Zosia and Sonny wrap up another fun-filled year of adventures together.
Rip it, Zosia! Zosia skis down the cut block below Cliff Road.
We saved the best skiing of 2018 for the very last day! Sonny enjoys skiing fresh powder in the sunshine.

Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak

A fun and safe objective for beginner yo-yo skiers like myself! Total Distance:  ~10.5 kilometres
Round-Trip Time:  7 hours 26 minutes
Net Elevation Gain:  580 metres

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