Ursus Minor NE


What a day! We went up to the pass with plans to ski the Herdman Couloir on Mt-Macdonald. But the area was closed for avalanche control so we went for option B.   B for badass.  Little did we know that option B was a wilder day than Option A was going to be.

I have thought of this tour for awhile and when we had no plan A  I figured we might as well test out this tour. Up Ursus Minor with the a little different track than last time. On the summit somewhere around noon. From there we skied NE of the summit. Down the ridge and then into the chute. The schralp hawk snow boarded into the chute and down into the north face.  What a line………NursusMinor.jpg

I have only known about this line since last year, when I toured around Sifton mountain and spotted this beauty.  I haven’t forgotten about it since…. This is my third summit of Ursus Minor and my third different descent off the summit this winter. What a great summit, such a  variety of aspects. We had great skiing down the face and then toured around  and up the north glacier on Little Sifton.NlittlSifton.jpg

Such a cool place that I have never visited. The tour up the north side was a little aggressive but the light and fluffy north facing powder made it a little easier. And then the descent into Grizzly bowl was great. Two couloirs for the four of us and then fun turns down to the valley bottom.

What a wild day. Quite possibly a first descent. Since there is no history of stuff skied around here and I have never heard of anyone even mention the possibility of skiing this line, I am verging on first descent. Most definitely our first time down it.

  1. Dieter Spitzfingerfuchen March 28, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Well Greg,
    You sure are starting to impress me. I almost think you are from the mother land as well. I toast a schnapps to you good man

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