Mario Gully

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Mario Gully

Submitted By: Randonee_Urban on September 02, 2010

Administrator: Randonee_Urban

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Route Type:
  • Ski Touring
Descent Difficulty:
Season:
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Easy
- Bootpack:
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: ft.
Elevation Gain: ft.
High Point: ft.
Max Slope Angle: Cliffs°

Approach

Start at Bear Lake Trailhead and hike to Nymph Lake.  From here, ascend the trail to Dream Lake, but go left before you reach the actual Dream Lake to the Lake Haiyaha trail.  Ascend the switch backs through the trees and above the cliffs until you reach a fork in the trail.

Go left across the hanging snowfield (probably best to go one-at-a-time).  From here, pick your way down the short south-facing hill to Lake Haihaya.  The direct, lowest point in the Lake Haihaya drainage is Mario Gully.

Equipment Needs

Powder boards and an appetite for pillow drops and powder.

Descent

Pick your way through the tight trees in the upper part of the drainage, and then you'll see it open up.  If there is enough snow, there are pillow options aplenty straight down the gut.  Venture left or right and the drops get bigger, up to about 20 feet if you're feeling good.

At the bottom of the gully, don't miss the skin track that cuts left underneath the east-facing parts of the Terrain Park.  Follow this all the way back to the Dream Lake trail (Don't drop in thinking it'll take you back to your car, it won't).

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