Friday, June 7, 2013

Skiing Trapper Peak, Bitterroot Range

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Being the iconic ski mountain in the Bitterroots, I try to ski Trapper Peak every spring.

Blake skinning towards the summit, Trapper Peak

Blake and I left at a moderate time and found just a few drifts on the Baker Lake Road. Just as we prepared to hike the trail, it began snowing and showered on us off and on all day. The showers would send the temperature below freezing and when it quit the temp would rebound into the high thirties or forties. I chose a different tour than typical and we cruised through the col north of Gem Lake and skied the fun couloir there that ends in the basin below Trapper Peak's north face.

The ski descent into Trapper Peak Basin

We skinned up into the basin below the peak admiring the view of the many couloirs off East Trapper Peak, Trapper Peak and North Trapper Peak. We skinned right up the main summit run and reached the summit in fair weather. The sucker hole closed out rather quickly and we descended the summit run directly from the snowfield, over a steep wind ridge, and down into the main run.
Blake descends the main run at Trapper Peak

Looking north towards North Trapper Peak
  • JL
  • Looking north towards North Trapper Peak

Trapper Peak backcountry skiing
  • John Lehrman
  • Hopping through the gully below the main summit basin, Trapper Peak

We exited through the same col to Gem Lake and out to Baker Lake. Always an excellent choice this tour was one of my favorite routes to choose.

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