I have been pretty lucky with colds this season, but the sucker that grabbed me last Sunday is still in full swing. Still I felt a bit guilty about leaving my last rather unflattering report up when it appeared things might have improved substantially. So I dragged my diseased carcass up the hill today in an amazing show of dedication. ;-) Chris came along to play nurse.
The hill has done a better job of recovering than I have. If you stayed high
the skiing was very good indeed and when we headed out everything was open except
the face lift, so finding freshies was no problem. The snow wasn't fluffy, but
it was generally pretty light and silky. As you descended though some underlying
crunchies started to make themselves felt.
On this run down Steep and Deep, it was pretty pleasant up here, despite the strange large, but not very hard lumps scattered about.
But as we followed the sign line down, the overlying powder became thinner and the crust underneath more of a feature. This did not seem too bad to me, but to say that Chris did not seem to enjoy it would be a serious understatement. Perhaps she was still feeling put upon by her losing altercation with a tree branch and the resulting shiner Unfortunately I have been sworn to secrecy on the mundane details of how this happened, presumably so she can present a suitably blood curdling story. <g>
Any smugness I might have had about my crust skiing prowess, such as it was, disappeared in the frozen lumps and crud in the alder field below where this picture was taken. To make it worse, I had to watch Richard, of Rip n Richard's restaurant, cruise through this crap like it was groomed. Sigh.
This fuzzy picture just doesn't do justice to how impressive the cracks in Gorbi Bowl are from this perspective. Naturally the bowl is closed, but the sign line seems to permit skiing down Steep and Deep the way we did.
It seems that about this time there was some sort of avalanche up in Cedar
Bowl somewhere and the Cedar High traverse and Snake Ridge were closed by the
time we got back up. I overheard a patroller saying they might reopen Snake
At 2:30 PM it is 0C at the house and snowing.
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