Trout Lake is located about one hour from Nakusp and about 2 hours north of Kaslo and is an amazing and relatively undeveloped backcountry skiing area containing high alpine peaks. It is known for exceptionally high snowfalls, warm temperatures, snowmobiling, and is the birthplace of NoBoarding, which is what many of the locals prefer. With no cell service and limited access, it is best suited for the experienced backcountry user. Having a snowmobile will greatly improve your access as there is a vast network of logging roads that can be used to access lines. As well, there is a heli-skiing and cat skiing operation both based out of the region. If coming to ski in Trout Lake please respect private property and the cat skiing operation’s seasonal area closure.
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It is best to follow the old partially overgrown logging trail uphill. Starting at about 980m elevation, the trail heads mostly north west and opens up to some good cut block skiing back down to the road. It is a fairly steady but mostly easy climb in sheltered trees. It is generally best to get to this shortly after a fresh snowfall as it is south facing and can get a pretty hard surface quite quickly. It is a quick route with multiple options making it good for quick laps.
ROUTE: Alpha Creek
ACCESS: Drive to the town of Trout Lake on highway 31. From the general store in Trout Lake, drive approximately 5 km NE towards Ferguson on the plowed logging road. Park on the right side at the fork in the road. Continue to walk down the same road for about 100m where you can throw your skis on and start heading uphill to your left almost immediately.
MAP: 82 K/12, 82 K/11
TIME: 1.5 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 350m / 1,150ft
ATES RATING: Simple (1)