Cathedral Mountain is a big and popular ski ascent in the Rockies that presents some alternative descents, if conditions are prime. This is a complex tour, as it involves bootpacking and high exposure, so it should only be attempted during stable snow conditions. Bringing along your ski crampons is recommended as the summit ridge can often present some very hard packed snow.
**UPDATE: Mt Cathedral North is currently closed for railway area restoration. For more information, visit the Parks Canada bulletin here.
Approach: Park at the Lake O’Hara parking lot and follow the road for about 3km. Veer right and cross the creek, after which you’ll be presented with some steep trees. Eventually the trees will open to a large basin. Continue heading into the basin until you see the south couloir.
Descent: Descend the same way, or, if conditions permit, the North Couloir is an alternative, descent.
Today is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as yesterday.
Today 03/24 20%
Cloudy. High 8C. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 km/h.
Tomorrow 03/25 30%
Scattered snow showers during the morning. Then partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon. High 8C. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of snow 30%.
Tuesday 03/26 80%
Cloudy with snow showers transitioning to light rain. High 7C. Winds SW at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 80%. Snow accumulations less than 2cm.