December 13, 2015
Manning Provincial Park, BC
Mara Peak is the unofficial name (obtained from bivouac.com) of a small peak immediately behind the “blue chair” in Manning Park ski resort. There’s really nothing interesting about this forested summit other than getting some exercise and the ascent can be easily done in 2 hours on skis… Alex and I still had half a day after finishing Mt. Kelly and we figured this peak could be a perfect objective to spend the afternoon.
The road to Manning Park ski resort was slippery and the parking lot was full. Thankfully I managed to squeeze in a spot and 10 minutes later we were skinning up the ski hills. One ski patroller came down questioning us where we were going but thankfully he’s a friendly guy and didn’t kick us out, so we resumed the ascent. We followed the “green run” all the way to the top of that chairlift and it’s a bit foreshortening and quite boring.
The section immediately above the ski hills was steep and bushy but short-lived. The summit was actually much farther away than we thought and we had to traverse up and over a few bumps along the way. There’s no views from the top thank to the weather and the forest, so we immediately headed down.
We kept the skins us for the ridge section as there’s a lot of up-and-downs. Skiing down the steep and bushy section was interesting but not as bad as I thought it’d be. Lower down we entered the resort and dropped down the “black bowl” and in no time we were back to the parking lot.
It was still very early (just after 2 pm) but we were too tired to think about something else so just drove home, and of course, once entering the Fraser Valley it was pouring rain just as expected…