In search of a zone that might not have gotten tracked up over the weekend, Scott and I got a lift to the other side of the freeway. We had a few snowshoe tracks to deal with, but the zone was devoid of any indication that skiers had touched it over the weekend. We switch-backed up one couloir then dropped the next one over. Snow was about six inches over fairly firm crust. The lower snowfields were still showing the effects of the rain event last week, but overall it was a good ski. Always enjoy the views, as we look back towards home and Central Snoqualmie Ski hill.
|Kelly skins toward the thumbtack rock, below Chair Peak|
|Scott Otterson gets his one day of powder.|
|Eric Noll and Seth Davis climb into Chair Peak basin|
Hooked up with the hard charging group of Seth, Eric, Crispin and I. Plan was to head over towards Mt. Roosevelt. We climbed over the NE shoulder of Chair, where the winds threatened to blow us off the ridgeline. We dropped off the backside towards Snow Lake, despite the wind blitzed snow surface. After dropping the first main pitch we decided it was really not smart to continue downward. We climbed back over the ridge into the Alpental side of the valley, where the snow was still soft and fluffy. Skied a nice drop down to source lake, then climbed up to snow lake divide and over to Snow Lake. The slope, down to the lake, was wind hammered as well. On the lake, we decided to go for a nice looking hill off the east end of the lake. Turned out to be pretty sweet. Pretty much saved the day. Seth was nice enough to break trail from the lake to the summit(1,500 feet incl. sidetrip). Enjoyed slightly wind-packed, but still soft turns down to lake. Then we climbed back over snow lake divide to finish the day. Seven hours out, Approx. 5,500 feet of vertical covering about 11 miles.
|Crispin chats with John and his group|
|Zigging up above the thumbtack|
|Crispin ascends the NE ridge of Chair Peak|
|Ready to ski, snow not looking too good|
|Pulling the plug on Plan A,|
Climbing out of the wind hammered North slope of Chair Peak
|Eric enjoys good snow as we drop down to Source Lake|
|Eric on top of our No-name peak|
|Crispin with Mt. Snoqualmie in the background|
|No name peak (elev. 5,340)|