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Snowshoeing/Skiing - Camp Fortune

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I haven't got in a lot of snowshoeing this year, so this morning I checked out the snowshoe trails near Camp Fortune.IMG_20180317_095713630.thumb.jpg.3d9ad7c638dca2b04e2963f9b08eeb61.jpg What was going to be a quick trip of a few short loops turned into a Snowshoe/Ski adventure around the entire Camp Fortune ski area. I was using snowshoe skis. Short fat skis with telemark bindings and a built skin under the foot for climbing. 

First the crude trail map:

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I started with the loop that that goes up and round the Alexander and McDonald.

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The start of the trail just behind the Ski Club building. 

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After going through the woods I skinned up the ski hill. The snow was crusty out of the woods. 

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An old skin trail

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Nice view of the valley

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Now to ski down through the crust! 

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The crust sucked so I went back in the woods.

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Near the bottom a jump is being created, plus an air bag.

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T-bar trail

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I got on the Clifford quad lift.

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Skied through the woods left of Marshall

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Nice snow

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and crusty snow

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Took the lift back up and skied across, past Slalom and down a skidoo trail 

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The trail links up with Sparks on the Skyline side

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The start of Sparks

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I took a mountain bike trail down

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And came out on Bud Clark

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Then went back into the woods between Clark and Sparks. It was a little steep for light snowshoe ski gear but I got to the bottom.

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I took the Skyline lift up then skied down the Meech Crossing.

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After going up the Meech lift I checked out Au-Naturel a  couple times. 

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Then back to the Valley

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The quad is still down. 

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Back to Marshall

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The aerial park. The snow was really nice and soft in this area. 

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This was the best area and the only spot with snowshoe trail signs. No one had made any tracks. 

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Alone in the woods, go explore.

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5 hours ago, Gordo said:

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Very interesting report Gordo. I was actually wondering about the snowshoeing trails at Camp Fortune this afternoon.

Looks like a lot of great possibilities for exploring the area. Are the marked trails from the map easy to follow when you are there?

The one that interests me is the trail that heads to the base of Meech, which would no doubt be of a decent length and have some good vertical. The trail map does give a good idea of the routes but not very clear where they start from. As a rough guess I would say the back end of the parking near Allen's Alley or it's on the Dunlop road just before you pass the Camp Fortune road gate... are you able to confirm?

Looking forward to discovering them.

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There were concerns about some of the trails and this hasn’t been very popular (likely because we haven’t really tried, but parking is always full on weekends...) so it fell off the map/ to do list this year. It’s really a go explore kinda thing, the one around Meech is an enduro bike trail, I forget it’s name right now. It’s not well marked at all and likely not tracked. 

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Very informative. I had no idea there was such a thing as snowshoe skis,  I was hoping to see a picture of it in your post!  Nonetheless,  it got me very interested to check them out. 

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Hi Ana

Here is a picture of the skis. Normal snowshoe on the left. The short snowshoe skis in the middle with a universal binding for normal winter boots. Those skis are 127cm long and then the longer ones I use with metal edges and 3pin style telemark bindings. They are 147cms.  Note the built in climbing skin for traction going up hill. 

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A couple companies make them. OAC out of Finland that MEC sells and a company called Altai out of Canada and the US. 

http://altaiskis.com/

https://www.skinbased.com/

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