7 degrees outside, brrrr. Checking the telemetry for Alpental, 18 degrees at the top of Armstrong quad. That's a little warmer, slight inversion, good thing the sun is shining! Did Roosevelt on the weekend and could barely see where we were going. With the sun shining, could not resist a repeat to check out the views. Picked up Frank at 10, finished at 4:30, a 6 hour tour. Used the chair lift to access source lake, and get in a few extra turns. Frank and I were a little confused. Judging by the snow quality we must be in Utah! The snow quality was excellent on all aspects. Another great day in the mountains.
Snow and more snow. Color of the day was gray. We had an idea where Mount Roosevelt was, go over snow lake divide, ski to the end of the lake, then go uphill with a curve to the right. Since we couldn't really see the top, we started to second guess ourselves about the proper route of travel. Luckily we stayed on track, and made it to the top. The views were still pretty interesting, with a sheer drop off the summit. Will have to do this route again when we can actually see. Skiing, however was excellent, and we all enjoyed good turns back down to Snow Lake.
Avalanche danger is finally getting better, so Greg and I headed up Snoqualmie Mt. from the Alpental maintenance parking lot. Looked like two skiers had beaten us out that morning, so we followed their skin track up Snoqualmie Mt. Near the top, Greg said, "let's check out the slot." I think the slot has some kind of magnetic pull on Greg, because he does not seem to be able to resist the pull of The Slot. I looked in and it looked hard and blown out. I made Greg continue up to the summit where we enjoyed great views and looked over the backside at the crooked couloir. It, also, looked wind blown and hard. Giving in to the magnetism of the slot we skied back to it's entrance and headed in. Despite high hopes of powder lurking out of view, it was pretty much hardpack. After skiing the slot, we climbed back over to the West side and had a good ski down the Phantom slide path. 5,000 feet of climbing, I got my exercise for the day.