Celebrate the start or finish to your season in the Selkirks by heading up to McCrae Peak for some sneaky shoulder season skiing and split boarding! The beauty of this spot is that there is road access all the way up into to the subalpine trailhead at 1800m, coinciding with the typical early and late season snow line. It is even better news if you end up having to drive the last km or so on the road to the trailhead in snow, then you can strap on your skis or split board right from the parking lot! Living the dream!!
Snow coverage early in the season can be hit and miss, some years the perfect storm delivers a ton of snow up in the alpine and tapers out juuuust enough that you can drive the whole way in. More often it is fairly slim, beware but don’t let that stop you!
The uptrack follows the summer hiking trail, coordinates for the trailhead start and a couple junctions
are listed below. From the trailhead, briefly ski up and down and up a rolling decommissioned logging
road for about 1km before heading up the single track hiking trail taking off on the right. The
coordinates for this spot are also below, in any case watch for trail signs and other tracks and you will
likely just figure it out! After about 1.9km of steady switch back climbing on the single track, you will
reach a junction. Carrying on straight will go down to the lake and campground, heading right will
continue uphill and around onto the shoulder with minimal downhill. This is the most popular choice
instead of going downhill to the campground but both are good options! Just take the trail to the
junction, bust out your contour map and put your winter alpine travel skillz to work! Pow turns for
After your alpine roam, head back to the campground trail junction and follow the single track back out
the way you came in. This will be a much different experience than your trip in, as the trail can more
closely resemble a luge run! Hit the powder brakes!!!