Berley Lakes

March 12, 1995

The Berley Lakes ski trip, 1995 edition, took place under cloudy skies with hard packed snow in the morning, giving way to softer slush in the afternoon. One’s skis sank about four inches into the crud, which had the feel and consistency of setting cement. Unfortunately, the snow was still quite fast, yet telemarking was a questionable technique under these conditions. In fact, there didn’t seem to be any technique that afforded any degree of mastery during the return journey so many of us resorted to letting the skis run while muttering some appropriate incantations. The trip into the lakes was the usual enjoyable adventure with the stream crossings on the now abandoned Skyline Trail, the rest stop at the trail junction two miles in, and route finding adventures on the last stretch. We found a sheltered spot for lunch above the north shore of Lower Berley Lake, then skied to Upper Berley after lunch. As we arrived we experienced the high point of the trip with the snow-covered lake and trees giving a wonderful feel of solitude and isolation. Then the clouds drifted back from Three Fingered Jack, completing the impression. Enjoying this ski were Dick Barrar, David Doucet, Dick Hildreth, Diane Jeffcott, Bob Lemon, Glenn Meares, Tom Woxell and John Mowat (leader).


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