4 - 5
FATMAP difficulty grade
For a deeper dive into the route and some detailed terrain photos, check out the post on Beyond Our Peak: https://beyondourpeak.com/puff-daddy-rogers-pass-a-pillowy-goldmine/ Puff Daddy, located in Rogers Pass, is a pillowy goldmine of a run.
The route forms a large part of the Grizzly Shoulder, the east arm of Grizzly Mountain harbouring some of the best falline skiing of Rogers Pass.
There are at least four standard lines with many more variations possible, all offering a little under 1000m of vertical.
Since it's such a massive face, riddled with gullies, convex rolls, pillows and cliffs, it's incredibly easy to stray off course, messing up your line and potentially exposing yourself to greater risk. The route starts at the mouth of Connaught Creek at the Rogers Pass Discovery Center.
The standard uptrack ascends the crest of the Grizzly Shoulder.
While the uptrack is generally very conservative, the final slope to gain the large band of cliffs towards the top of the run is very exposed.
Take care when crossing that slope.
There's a final rocky crux that must be bootpacked, giving way to rolling treeline/alpine terrain. The Puff Daddy face is a huge zone.
Each variation offers a different flavour, from pillows and gullies to steep powdery slopes and rolling convexities, all within the treeline and below treeline elevation band.
Beware, it's far too easy to be sucked through waterfalls, large cliffs and nasty pillow fields.
It's best to consult terrain photos and satellite imagery before committing to a specific line.
It really is a gem though!