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Byers Peak Summit Line



Skiing from the top of the most iconic peak in the Fraser Valley is a rare opportunity. There are a few different chutes dropping straight off the summit, all of which are sustained around 45° for the first few hundred vertical feet. Below this it opens up into a beautiful open bowl.

Without a sled it’s a 6+ mile approach, with a sled it’s still four miles. Either way, from the summer trailhead you’ll follow the road for 5 switchbacks. After the fifth you’ll want to skin up the Bottle Pass trail until you hit the ridge, at which point you can “follow” the old Byers Peak Trail (tough to follow and doesn’t see a lot of traffic, but pretty much just stay on the ridge) the rest of the way to the top. It’s a lot of work for only 1500 vert of skiing, but if the conditions are right it’s worth the effort.

At the bottom of the bowl you can try and stay left and carry enough speed to get you over a small saddle on the ridge separating the two bowls. From here drop down another 500 vert of good skiing to the bottom of the North Bowl. At this point you have a few options, the most straightforward of which is to skin up to the ridge near where you broke tree-line on the ascent. This is about 500 vert of gain, but you will have nice skiing back down approximately the way you came up. The second option is to traverse around the ridge to the north of you, this can be deceptive, it may seem like you are really close to crossing into the next drainage north, but in my experience it’s not worth it… The third option, if you have the opportunity to spot a sled where Byers Creek crosses the road, and the snowpack is good, you can ski out the remaining 1500 vert down the drainage. This is a much nicer ski than following the road out, but requires more planning and a very good snowpack.


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