A small summit along Heiko’s Trail next to Mt. Fernie with some wicked terrain. Save for a clear day to enjoy the views. Expect to take 6+ hours, especially if you want to ski some of the other lines.
Our route for the day is above in purple. We started from the Alpine Trails parking area and skinned to the usual slope leading into the Mt. Fernie Drainage. Once we battled our way up the icy, aldery skin track, we continued SW towards a break in the cliffs at 49°31.897′, -115°06.990′ on the right. After gaining the slope, we meandered through undulating terrain to gain 2285’s west ridge. After topping out, we skied the S face and traversed over to some great skiing in a bowl east of Heiko’s Rocky Road trail (lets call it Rocky Road Bowl for simplicity), which brought us back into the drainage lower down.
From the Alpine Trails parking area, skin ~3km up Fairy Creek to the slope above, which leads into Mt. Fernie Drainage at 49°32.583′, -115°05.926′. Find the trail through the alder and battle your way through the thick of it. Ski crampons may be needed if the skin track is old and icy.
Once above the alder mess, skin through the gladed meadows, while keeping the cliffs on the right in view.
We used the above slope to gain access to the plateau above Mt. Fernie’s drainage and towards 2285. This slope was at 49°31.897′, -115°06.990′, but there are other options if you are uncomfortable with this one (though none are really ideal). I liked this one because of the previous day’s loose wet debris making it safe, but we needed to use ski crampons.
Once you’ve gained the plateau, follow Heiko’s Rocky Road trail towards Windy Pass and 2285’s west ridge. Watch out for the giant holes along the way that could easily swallow you up!
Finally getting our first views of 2285 above the clouds at around 2000m. We climbed the west ridge and descended down the S face on the looker’s right. Tons of ski options here!
Some of the great ski terrain in the area.
Skinning up to 2285’s west ridge, above. The inversion above 2000m made the snow pretty crusty and wet 😦 Beautiful views though! The west ridge is fairly straight forward. The only difficulty we encountered on the ridge was a small icy slope that we had to bootpack up.
Pointing out the peaks poking through the clouds at the summit. He’s pointing to the fake Mt. Fernie, which is the small one on the left. The real Mt. Fernie is the tall one in front. The Steeples are behind on the right. Unreal views all around.
Looking over at Windy Pass with the Steeples behind. Great skiing to be had on either side of the pass if you have time.
We chose to ski down the south face, above, and exit out Rocky Road Bowl. The south face of 2285 has some steep, 40 degree tree runs between rocks and cliffs that I’m sure would be great in the right conditions. However, we found lots of crust and loose wet from the sun and warm temps. After skiing the south face, we traversed skier’s left below the cliffs to continue our descent into Rocky Road Bowl.
Great skiing in Rocky Road Bowl below the clouds! This run gives you another 400m of nice turns on ~20-35 degrees slopes.
The exit to Rocky Road Bowl, above. Stick to the trees on the skier’s left at 49°32.176′, -115°06.603′ to avoid the cliffs, then slide (bash) your way down the drainage and back to the parking area.