The icefields parkway never ceases to deliver great skiing, great views, even when expectations and motivations are low. After a bit of a lazy christmas break, Jolene and I were itching to get out for some days of ski touring. The problem was, well, we were feeling a little bit low motivation! A late sleep in left us with a few narrow options, not the least of which was to have a coffee and not do too much else for the rest of the day.
Fortunately, we acted on a brief moment of impulse and hopped in the car just before lunch to see what we could find up on the icefields parkway.
Jimmy. Jr bowl seemed like a short little gem at the north end of the parkway just south of Bow Summit that might be the right ticket for a short day. Thanks to good road conditions, we arrived at the car park just north of Bow Lake in only 1.5 hours, which also opened my eyes a little bit to just how accessible the parkway is!
A short, and super obvious skin up a small drainage opened up to an amazing, relatively mellow angled bowl just below Mt. Jimmy Simpson and Jimmy Jr. to the left. The bowl had a few tracks in it, but shockingly, consisted mostly of perfectly untouched powder, almost mid-calf deep with a nice supportive base just below.
We skinned up to the top of the bowl in short order, and were shocked to realize we’d arrived at the top of our run a mere 2 3/4 hours from leaving the house. Not too shabby!
The first couple turns were a little bit choppy, but quickly opened up to near perfect powder and we could turn on the gas a bit. Amazing snow inspired us to put the skins on and get a quick second lap while the daylight lasted.
Back to the car with time to spare, despite being one of the shortest days of the year. Two good sized laps in perfect powder with a fun ski out down the drainage is about as good as it gets on December 28!
Jimmy Jr Bowl is most definitely a hidden gem, and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a short day of skiing with an easy approach, and would also make a very nice place for beginners while avoiding the crowds of nearby Bow Summit.