6 - 7
FATMAP difficulty grade
The route to Helena Ridge starts up the well trafficked Rockbound lake hiking and snowshoe trail.
The trail is a wide double track that is well signed and makes for a fun, fast and flowy descent.
Follow this trail as it twists its way through the forest.
Once it levels out to undulating flats you will most likely see a skintrack off to your right.
If you have lucked out and you're the first group to break trail head out of the valley toward the well spaced and gladed slope.
From the valley to the top of the ridge the terrain is low angle and easy to put in a great skintrack.
One of the benefits of this ski tour is that once you pop out of treeline the terrain doesn't ramp up in angle.
However, you will want to avoid the slope to skiers right as it is a very clear avalanche path from the ridge (there are no trees or very sparse trees to valley bottom).
Under very stable conditions this is a great ski run but you will want to make sure the hazard is low if you decide to descend that way.
You can put in a gentle, low angle skintrack right to ridge top where you are afforded 360 degree views - hit this on a clear, windless day and it will make your jaw drop.
This is a great place to have a snack or lunch before dropping into a fun run down.
People often lap from just below treeline to get a few more meters or powder laps in.
There are many options for gladed ski lines back down to the valley and this area doesn't get tracked out quickly.
This is a perfect tour on a higher avalanche hazard day or just for a spectacular view!