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Hilda Ridge (2012.2.5)

The second day of our ACC WIM skill weekend. We drove back to Hilda Creek Parking lot again, with the same weather condition as the day before, but this time we were heading to Hilda Ridge and do more skiing. Elliot led the way up, and apparently he let a little bit too fast. I felt a little bit heard to catch his pace at the beginning during warming up period, but after that I didnt' have a problem catching up him. But the rest of the group was far behind, so when we hit the treeline and stop, we waited about 15min for them.
Avalanche was not a problem in this particular day, so we went up higher, to a small outlier on the ridge. We never made to the summit though. Well, it's not a peak bagging trip neither. After that we skied down to met the slower group.
After lunch, we skied back up again. This is what so called yoyo skiing. At a steeper slope, we stopped to dig a snow pit to test the stability of snowpack. It was pretty stable, but I was a bit surprised about the depth of the snow. 10m higher up we could see bare rock, but on this east facing slope, the snow was 2.3m deep. Wind blown and deposition!!!!!
Even though I couldn't ski down fast enough, I did get better and better. The views are amazing towards all directions. I couldn't believe we had two blue bird days with warm temperature in winter in Columbia Icefield Area. Now, I know Vern and So headed up Columbia Icefield via Saskatchewan Glacier the same weekend. They surely got better views than I ;)

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Mt Athabasca & Hilda Peak
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Nigel Peak
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