Fossil Mountain (Alberta)

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Fossil Mountain
Fossil Mountain is located in Alberta
Fossil Mountain
Fossil Mountain
Location in Alberta
Highest point
Elevation 2,946 m (9,665 ft) [1]
Prominence 471 m (1,545 ft) [2]
Coordinates 51°30′15″N 116°02′40″W / 51.50417°N 116.04444°W / 51.50417; -116.04444Coordinates: 51°30′15″N 116°02′40″W / 51.50417°N 116.04444°W / 51.50417; -116.04444[1]
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Slate Range
Topo map NTS 82N/09
First ascent 1906
Easiest route Easy scramble

Fossil Mountain is a mountain located south of Skoki Mountain in Banff National Park, Canada. The mountain was named in 1906 by M.P. Bridgland, of the first ascent party, after the numerous fossils that can be found on its slopes.[1][2]

Fossil Mountain is the site of the first known skiing fatality in the Canadian Rockies. On April 7, 1933, Raymond Paley died in a slab avalanche when he attempted to ski down the mountain after skiing almost to the top.[1]


The scrambling route ascends easy screen slopes from Deception Pass. Due to these easy slopes, the mountain is sometimes ascended in winter by skiers.


  1. ^ a b c d "Fossil Mountain". Retrieved 2004-10-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Fossil Mountain". Retrieved 2009-01-01. 

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