Healy Creek Y Drainage, Center PeakMassive Range
- CanadaBanff National Park
For information to access the starting point for Healy Creek Y Drainage, on Center Peak, please see the Healy Drainage ski zone page.
Less of a run and more of a way to access the Lost Horse Creek, Bourgeau Meadows areas or the top of The Big V run.
The drainage starts fairly wide but soon becomes tight with unsupported walls. Avalanche deposits here can be over 10 meters in depth to do the nature of the terrain trap. The run back down the Y Drainage can be great fun with good snow but painful during late spring with a large pack. Ski Line Info: [?]
Max Elevation: 2350m
Min Elevation: 1975m
Vertical Relief: 375m
Distance: 1.00kmSki Line Access Info: [?]
Vertical Gain: 600mSki Zone Access Info: [?]
Ski Zone: Healy Drainage
Vertical Gain: 275km
Vertical Loss: 50kmCombined Access Info: [?]
Vertical Gain: 875m
Vertical Loss: 50mMap Info: 82 O/4
From the second bridge on the Healy Creek trail continue for another 2.5kms, below several avalanche paths including the runout zone for this run, before arriving at Healy Creek Campground. If you have come to the Simpson Pass Trail turn off you have gone about 0.5km too far up the Healy Creek Trail.
From the Healy Creek Campground head north-west into the forest. At first you probably won't recognize that you are in a drainage but soon the creek bed will make it obvious. As the drainage tightens you will have a lot of decision making to do, both of the upper start zones get sun during the day and most of the slopes are unsupported where the slope and the creek meet. Half way up the drainage you will be presented with the "Y" fork. At this point you can try to climb through the thicker trees between the fork (safer but slower) or left or right into even tighter drainages. Climber's right is the preferred choice and the climber's left presents very awkward skinning. Once out of the drainage you can extend your run to the slopes above you or head higher into the alpine for other runs that could be connected. If looking to just ski the drainage head back down the way you came up.