Another day, more boot high dense powder, yawn. :-)
There did seem to be more folks on the hill today though and consequently more
tracks. I didn't go out until just before lunch though and was still able to
get some freshies.
Upper Lizard Bowl was open (but not the Face Lift), so I took the opportunity to try skiing into Lizard from the saddles. The top was either wind blown or side slip scraped and snow blowing over the saddle made the surface essentially invisible for the first couple of turns. This was a bit spooky on a new slope this steep, but after those first two or three turns the visibility and soft stuff both returned. As the chute widened out to be the whole bowl, finding a fresh lane was not hard.
Anyone who has been to the top of White Pass in the summer has to be impressed by the amount of snow up there now. In particular I seem to recall having to climb a flight of stairs followed by a ladder to get up to the deck on that tower. While one knows that there are meters of snow up here, it is still amazing when you see something that really drives it home.
While there was plenty of dense powder and chopped powder, there were lots of moguls too. There were generally soft and I found the ones on Sunnyside in particular to be soft and nicely shaped despite being a fair size. However on one of my transfer runs from Timber to White Pass I did a cruise down Puff and found actually some spots which required using an edge. <g>
Down low on the groomed runs the snow was still soft, but rather on the sticky
side, especially when compared to the silk of yesterday.
These tree chutes on the south side Currie look like they might be worth putting
on my agenda. Certainly not everything on this ridge is on my to do list though
as I have become rather attached to this old body.
It seemed much warmer today at the base, but at 4:45 PM it is only 0C at the house under a gray sky.
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