Duffy 

 

Access: The Duffy refers to a stretch of road on HWY 99, Northeast of Pemberton.  Common ski objectives lie on both sides of the highway and there are a handful of huts that are both walk-up and reservable.

 

Route Description:

 

Keith's Hut vacinity:  Keith's Hut is a walk-up hut that can be stayed at through-out the winter. It gets crowded on most weekends. If planning to stay its often a safe measure to bring a tent as  back-up or get there early. The hut is accessed by Cerise Creek, but much of the terrain around Matier Glacier can be reached by Cerise Creek or Joffre Lakes.  Common big objectives that can be either done as a day or from the hut are Vantage,Matier, Slokam, Joffre and Mt. Howard. Each of these peaks has technical ascents and descent with glacier travel and steep exposed travel.   Closer tours include the Anniversary glacier and the flanks of Vantage while a further objective might include snow spire.  There is some tree skiing, but the best terrain is in the alpine. 

 

Matier:

Matier has a few routes but the classic is the NW Face.  Getting to the NW face involved skiining up the anniversary glacier from Keiths hut, or skinning across the Matier glacier from the Joffre Lakes.  Climb Matier just east of the North ridge, while being careful of the Bergschrund located just above the last col. Traverse the summit and descent the south ridge 'til you get to the obvious saddle atop the NW face. The face rolls at top but then continues at a consistent 45 degrees or so for the full 2000'. It also tends to hold powder really well.  Across from Matier is the 2000' Aussie Coulior on Joffre.

 

 

Map and Timing data:

To be updated once the snow returns:

 

Photos:

NE aspect of Vantage from the approach, with some nice steeps

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East Aspect of Vantage with some really nice bowls

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Looking up the anniversary glacier from the hut

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Lower floor of the hut, top is just a wooden floor that fits about a dozen

Skinning around the lower part of the anniversary glacier

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Traversing high up on the Anniversary Glacier, with Matier's North ridge in the background

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Climbing the steep Northridge

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Looking back across to Joffre and the Aussie Coulior

Traversing the summit

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Downclimbing to the topof the NW face

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Skiing the NW Face

Looking back up the Anniversary glacier before the long luge track out

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Snow Spider from the Vantage Col

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Mt. Howard form the Vantage Col

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Snowspider from Twin One Lake

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NE Shoulder of Snow Spider

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Gentle skin up the NE should of Snowspider

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View Back towards Vantage on the right and the Mt. Howard/ Matier group on the left

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Nice skiing down from the upper part of Snowspider

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Looking down a run from Snowspider

Stories by Scott Heinz ( Medical Moose Labs)

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