Finally had a chance to make it out. Conditions are wonderful at the moment, three feet deep in windblown areas, good coverage overall though still managed to hit some near surface rocks. Great season opener!
My buddy Tysen has been wanting to get out and do some backcountry skiing for a while now. He had a buddy in town who borrowed him some touring skis and avy gear, and with the beautiful weather we’ve been having, we headed out to Wing Ridge.
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Last week I spent a lot of time doing some exploratory missions, trying to find some new areas. Unfortunately, weather and sketchy snow conditions kept me from doing any quality skiing. We received a little snow earlier this week and the last few days have yielded some great skiing conditions.
The snowpack across much of the west is scary right now to say the least. Low angle skiing has been, and will probably continue to be, the norm. The good news is that the snow has been excellent. Here’s a few photos from the last week. Continue reading
Spent the day at Wing Ridge to get a feel for what the snow is doing. High winds have transported a lot of snow at higher elevations, creating a wind slab on top of a rain crust. Facets right at the ground continue to be worrisome. Did manage to find some good powder though, add in some nice weather, beautiful views, and it turned out to be a very pleasant day.
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Finally got some snow with a little more in the forecast. Emily and I skied Wing Ridge today, crusty at lower elevations, fluffy boot top powder up high. Still some stumps, rocks, logs, etc. near the surface but we didn’t hit much. Lots of “whumping” as this new snow settles. Feels good to be skiing soft snow again.
The bad news is I lost a binding screw sometime during the day. Looks like I’m out of commission until the part arrives. At least there’s snow!