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COPPER HUT ROUTES

This area offers a good mixture of gentle and steeper ski touring terrain. If you assess the avalanche danger as low, you will be able to fully explore this area. If the avalanche danger appears higher, there are still some great options around the hut. Some of the terrain characteristics here include: a good mixture of gentle and steep tree skiing, sub-alpine meadows, open bowls along with many cool ski peaks and several steeper avalanche paths. Like the Grassy Hut, the Copper Mountain Hut is surrounded by a two hectare zone designated for non-motorized use. Also, the surrounding area does not see as much snowmobiling traffic; however, the heli-skiers use the nearby areas and the headwaters of Hall Creek extensively. The terrain around the Copper Mountain Hut has been rated “Challenging” on the avalanche terrain exposure scale (ATES). For the full story on the Bonnington Traverse have a look at our Bonnington Traverse page over here.

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ROUTES:

1. Shoo-fly
2. Square Meal
3. Sourdough Alley
4. Auger In
5. Johnny Newcome
6. Conspicuous Consumption
7. Stomach Robber

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SHOO-FLY

Maximizing the vertical, Shoo-fly is a long down/traverse that can be quite fun. To gain the top of Copper Mountain, climb 110 metres to the east of the hut to the obvious south ridge. From there, turn left and climb the ridge to the top of Copper (2240m). Shoo-fly descends to the skier’s right along the west Ridge of Copper and down the open face and through sparse trees as far as you like. Beware this south facing run can be subject to sun affect in the afternoon. To return to the hut, ski the up-track for the traverse. Elevation gain from the bottom of this route to the top is 500m / 1640'.

Shoo-Fly Copper Hut-bonnington-traverse-backcountry-skiing

ROUTE: #1 
ACCESS: Copper Hut
MAP: 82 F/6
TIME: 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 320m/1050’
ATES RATING: Not yet rated




 

 

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SQUARE MEAL

Square meal has the same approach and shares the start to Shoo-fly but rather than descending to the valley it drops off half way down the traverse/descent and goes near the cabin. Mostly open, it’s a fast, south facing run but can be subject to sun affect in the afternoon.

Shoo-Fly Copper Hut-bonnington-traverse-backcountry-skiing

ROUTE: #2 
ACCESS: Copper Hut
MAP: 82 F/6
TIME: 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 320m/1050’
ATES RATING: Not yet rated




 

 

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SOURDOUGH ALLEY

This is the direct shot down from the summit of Copper Mountain. A fun, fast, steeper line that is mostly open with thin trees as you near the hut. The ascent is the same as for Shoo-fly.  

SourDough Alley Copper-hut-bonnington-traverse-backcountry-skiing

ROUTE: #3 
ACCESS: Copper Hut
MAP: 82 F/6
TIME: 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 320m/1050’
ATES RATING: Not yet rated




 

 

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AUGER IN

A line similar in character to Sourdough Alley, Auger In is fun, fast and a steeper option for the Copper area. Ascend as per Shoo-fly and drop in to the skier’s left and descend to the hut. If the snow is good, Auger In, Sourdough Alley, Square Meal and Shoo-fly can be lapped to maximize runs on this fun slope of Copper. Note: north sides of Copper are also skiable but make sure the snow stability is good as these are prone to slide.

Auger In Copper-hut-bonnington-traverse-backcountry-skiing

ROUTE: #4 
ACCESS: Copper Hut
MAP: 82 F/6
TIME: 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 320m/1050’
ATES RATING: Not yet rated




 

 

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JOHNNY NEWCOME

This north facing run is short but fun. The snow is often good and it offers excellent, open tree skiing. From the cabin, ascend east to the obvious ridge between Copper Mountain and Mt. Conner (2090m), turn right (south) and gain the top of Conner. The run starts from this peak and heads northerly to the hut. 

Johnny Newcome Copper-hut-bonnington-traverse-backcountry-skiing

ROUTE: #5 
ACCESS: Copper Hut
MAP: 82 F/6
TIME: 1-2 hour
ELEVATION GAIN: 170m/560’
ATES RATING: Not yet rated




 

 

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CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION

This longer fun run is accessed as per Johnny Newcome. Drop in on the south face of Mt. Conner and ski down through the bowl, gradually traversing right as the slope mellows out (appx 1740). It may be necessary to skin up to gain the ridge. From there, you can skin up the east ridge of Mt. Conner for another run on Conspicuous Consumption or Johnny Newcome. Another option is to traverse/climb from the ridge north to the hut. Elevation gain from the bottom of this route to the top is 350m / 1150'. 

ROUTE: #6 
ACCESS: Copper Hut
MAP: 82 F/6
TIME: 2-3 hour
ELEVATION GAIN: 170m/560’
ATES RATING: Not yet rated

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STOMACH ROBBER

This eastern slope of Copper Mountain is open with some trees and can offer some quality skiing if the south slope of Copper is sun/wind affected. To get there, climb as per Shoo-fly to the summit (or, you can drop in shy of the steep summit ridge). Ski down the south ridge of Copper for approximately 110 metres and drop down skiers left (east) through the open for 350 metres. If visible, there is an old mining road here that may be taken back up to the ridge, or skiers can ski the avalanche paths lower and skin back up to the ridge. Elevation gain from the bottom of this route to the top is 450m / 1476'.

ROUTE: #7 
ACCESS: Copper Hut
MAP: 82 F/6
TIME: 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 320m/1050’
ATES RATING: Not yet rated

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