4 - 5
FATMAP difficulty grade
Ursus Trees is a great ski tour for your first time in Rogers Pass, especially on a storm skiing day.
There are multiple alpine skiing routes that can be accessed from Ursus Trees and Hospital Bowl and is a great option if you don't know what the weather has in store for you.
Expect to find a great snow mid-winter.
Early season the exit can be a little boney.
Being south facing the ski lines and ascent route can get quite sun affected.
Park at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.
If it is your first time, take a moment to check out the centre and chat to the Parks Canada staff, they are incredibly helpful and are a wealth of information.
Don't forget your Parks Canada Pass and check the winter permit closures and avalanche conditions. Follow Connaught Creek drainage towards Balu Pass, passing under the Grizzly slide path and Frequent Flyer slide path.
These are active slide paths and can run to the valley bottom.
There are also multiple slide paths on the north side of the drainage so play "heads up hockey"! Approximately two thirds of the way up the valley, ascend the south facing trees towards Hospital bowl.
Once you have gained the ridgeline, cross the flat part of the bowl and ascend the trees.
There are multiple drop in zones but the trees are more spaced the higher up the ridge you go.
However, the slope becomes more steep further up the ridge.
There are a few exit options for the way down.
This route follows the bottom of Hospital Bowl but it requires a decently deep snow pack to fill in.
Other options including ski touring up to Hospital notch (lookers left of Hospital Bowl, opposite Ursus Trees) and riding the Hospital Gullies back to the skin track.