Max slope angle
15-30 Degrees
Primary aspect
South facing
Vertical descent
1,100.00 m (3,608.92 ft)
Distance
5.60 km (3.48 mi)
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Grizzly Shoulder is a Rogers Pass classic. It's probably one of the most skied areas in all Rogers Pass. When storm snow rolls in, visibility drops and this south-facing treed area gets packed, but it has some of the most accessible skiing in Glacier National Park. 

Despite being in the trees, small avalanches are common, and they can knock skiers into tree wells. On the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale, this terrain is Challenging. There are still plenty of risks, especially if you get into the alpine on the shoulder. All precautions should be taken. You will also need to get a Restricted Permit to ski in this area. You can prepare in advance by taking the Glacier National Park Restricted Permit Annual System test online, or you can obtain a free day pass from the Discovery Centre.

To get to Grizzly Shoulder, take the track on the northern corner of the parking lot passing behind the old Glacier Lodge and through scrub behind the radio tower. A short road heads up the creek, eventually crossing a bridge and continuing over rolling terrain above the creek.

Take the first uptrack heading to the climber's right. From here it's a case of working your way upward. The skintracks are a bit too steep, so be prepared for a hard and awkward climb. After many people have gone the skinning, the ascent can be rather tricky. 

You can basically drop in whenever you like. As ever with Rogers Pass, the snow tends to be better higher up. You can head in pretty much any direction you like. The trees are well spaced, but be sure to follow proper tree skiing procedure with buddy system and good communication. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National or state forest pass

Open Year-round

No

Open from

November 02 to April 30

Pros

Very short trip. Great wide open trees.

Cons

Busiest route in Rogers Pass. Bad in when the sun is out. Lower elevation.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

4,347.11 ft (1,325.00 m)

Highest point

7,988.85 ft (2,435.00 m)

Total elevation gain

3,608.92 ft (1,100.00 m)

Features

Old-growth forest
Flushing toilets

Trail type

Loop

Access

Vehicle

Typically multi-day

No

Shuttle required

No

Terrain type

Trees

Snowmobiles allowed

No

Drinking water

Snowmelt

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Central Columbia Mountains, British Columbia

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