Wawa Ridge

Summit Elevation (m): 2444
Trip Date: January 28 2017
Elevation Gain (m): 800
Round Trip Time (hr): 3.5
Total Trip Distance (km): 14
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain something
Difficulty Notes: Easy / moderate scrambling when dry via the southeast bowl route.
Technical Rating: OT2; YDS (Hiking)
GPS Track: Gaia

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 was the perfect day to finally knock the easy and short Wawa Ridge ski tour off my list. This tour was perfect for a day when I didn’t feel like something bigger and wanted a solo ski. There’s nothing really difficult about it and I could have done it in less than 3 hours return except I tried taking a shortcut up through trees off the approach trail and got hopelessly lost for about 20 minutes or so. How does that happen at a bloody ski resort?!

Wawa Ridge Route Map
Just off the summit of Wawa Ridge looking towards Quartz Hill and Mount Assiniboine.

Near the top of the Meadow Park run I saw a few snow boarders who looked like they were headed to Wawa Ridge. They dropped into a small bowl in front of the ridge and I never saw them again, so I’m not sure if they turned back or not. The ridge looked pretty bare from a distance so I wasn’t sure why anyone would be keen to ski or board it on this particular day unless like me, they were primarily interested in the exercise and views from the top. I skied across the meadows to the south ridge which I followed up on hard snow to just beneath the summit. Rather than bash up my aging skis on rocks, I boot packed the final few vertical meters to the top of the ridge and enjoyed great views from there.

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