Egypt Lake Backcountry ski trip

Skied in to Egypt Lake Cabin on Feb 20 this year starting from the parking lot of Sunshine Ski resort. The first day was about 13 kms over Healy Pass, a tough uphill for a good stretch and then some really spectacular skiing above treeline over the pass before descending back into the trees through a maze down to the cabin.

Egypt Lake Trip
Egypt Lake Trip
Egypt Lake Trip

Saturday we spent the day in the valley exploring the lake and then doing a few short descents along the side of Redearth creek to test out or tele skiing skills. The ultimatum is that we don’t really have any tele skills. That didn’t stop people from jumping off cliffs though!

Egypt Lake Trip
Egypt Lake Trip
Egypt Lake Trip
Egypt Lake Trip
Egypt Lake Trip

The highlights of the trip were obviously the great weather as well as a pretty great crew of people who ended up coming along. It was a bit of a mish-mash of all sorts of people I know from whereever but ‘the common cause’ is nortoriously efficient for drawing people together so by the time we headed out on Sunday it wasn’t a van load of strangers any more.

Egypt Lake Trip
Egypt Lake Trip

The ski out was 20.1 kms via the redearth creek drainage which is a fantastic quick descent on an old fire road for at least part of it. The crew for the 2010 trip hopefully isn’t quite as hard to recruit… No news yet on where I’m planning to plan a trip to but we’ll definitely be doing one. Definitely going to do at least a two night trip, it’s far superior to the quick in and out. By the end of one day it doesn’t quite feel like we’d escaped civilization but the second night certainly changed that, one watch and no electricity had us tired out enough to head for bed soon after 9 pm.

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