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Pyramid Mountain Light Touring (Jasper) (2/14/2019)

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You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Ski - Backcountry
Event Location: Jasper
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Feb 14 2019  9:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 8 2019 2:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Hard to say - expect to spend a full day out
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Barbara B.
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Member Cost:$3.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 1 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

1) This event does not have a carpool as your coordinator will be out in Jasper for a few days. Only sign up if you can meet at the event location in Jasper.
2) Light touring skis (i.e., cross county skis with metal edges are mandatory (not classic XC skis). There are steep switchbacks and we will see if we may be able to continue on the unmaintained skier set portion beyond the end of the official trail.
3) Event may be changed to an alternate XC or light touring trail around Jasper, pending weather closer to the date of the event. Alternate may be Whirlpool Trail to Moab Lake.

Distance: 15km+ (return distance)
Net Elevation Gain: 456m
Total Elevation Gain: 533m
Trailhead Elevation: 1,181m
End of Official Trail Elevation: 1,637m
Pace: Relaxed

Not many trip reports for the Pyramid Mountain ski are available, which makes it all the more intriguing. Pyramid Mountain is one of the more notable peaks around Jasper and views on a clear day are supposed to be fabulous as this trail gains a fair bit of elevation. From the trail description pamphlet, "This trail is not for the faint of heart. Dig deep as you gain in elevation along the shoulder of Pyramid Mountain. Your thighs will be burning as you continue to climb, but the ski down will make it all worthwhile."

Beginning from the end of the Pyramid Lake Road, the trail is an official trackset XC ski trail for about 7.5km. It starts out intermediate (blue), then becomes difficult (black), before finishing the last 900m as expert (double black). Now that's something for light touring and those metal edges should be great for a quick descent.

There is very slight possibility that we may be able to continue slightly further on skier set tracks, but due to lack of information available on that stretch, we'd have to play it by ear. We would only proceed if it does not appear as avalanche terrain and the ratings for that day are low. Regardless, even the official trail will take us all the way up to two official viewpoints. Make sure you check out the trail pamphlet here.

Jasper Weather on Weather Network
Jasper Trail Conditions Report indicates latest trackset date
Avalanche Bulletin for Jasper National Park on
Cross Country Skiing Pyramid Lake Road on Explore Jasper

Event Fee / Premier Membership:
All of our events have a $3 event fee, payable to your coordinator at the start of the event. Alternatively you may choose to get a Premier membership for $25, which is valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Premier members enjoy preferred sign-up to subsidized events (i.e., First Aid course, etc.), overnight events, and can attend as many events as they wish without paying an event fee each time. You can also get a Premier membership from your coordinator at the start of an event.

Although this event does not have a carpool, you may wish to informally arrange with other participants. COC suggests all members in a vehicle split the costs equally (gas + maintenance, etc.). This trip is 820km return from Calgary x $0.26/km = $213.20.

Note: If you have previously delayed my events, please do not sign up. You will be removed from the attendee list without warning.

Required Items to Bring:
National Park Pass or $ for entry
Light touring skis, boots, poles, skins
Layered clothing
Gloves & toque
Lunch, snacks, warm drinks

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Will be sent to event attendees a few days before event. Note that there may not be cell reception at the trailhead, so please plan accordingly.


Winter Safety Considerations
This event is exempt from avalanche planning, as it is considered to be generally free from avalanche hazards due to being an official groomed and trackset cross country ski trail.

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in COC events.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Questions about equipment or rentals? Contact the Event Coordinator for suggestions and recommendations.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at
- Support the club by purchasing a Premier Membership: $25 a year

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Make a Payment:$3.00 Event Fee (if applicable) to be paid to your event coordinator. Activity fee, if applicable, (i.e. court fee, bowling fee, camping fee, etc.) to be paid as instructed by your event coordinator.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!