March 12, Rampart Ridge

Skinned up to the funnel run with Frank. Snow was a little crusty, so we ducked into the trees, where the snow was nice and fluffy. Starting to become a new favorite area. Just need to break down and buy a sno-park permit.

March 9, Mt. Catherine - More Powder - Deep

Legs were tired. Body was sick, but the powder was only getting deeper. Chris B. and I made plans for Monday. Brandon phoned up that morning, then there were three. Good thing Brandon came, because his legs were fresh. We tried to make him break trail all day. Snow was deep.

March 8, Kendall Trees

Eric genuflects through the trees. Notice the avalanche damage to the tree tops. That must have been a good year.


Hooked up with Seth and Holly, then Eric and Robert caught up to us. Snow was very nice and made multiple laps through the trees below Kendall.

March 7, Mt. Catherine

Greg came over to the house and we geared up for a tour to Mt. Catherine. The weather was snowing hard as we left the cross country trail system and began our slog up the flanks of Catherine. We had hoped that our late 11 o'clock start would have given other skiers plenty of time to lay in a a skin track. Unfortunately Catherine did not appear to be very popular today and Greg started busting trail through the last foot of fresh snow. We were both recovering from colds and hacked and snorted, as we worked our way up. Operating on past experience and intuition we managed to come out of the woods near where we needed to cut up through the cliffs. We quickly gained the ridge of Catherine and veered away from the tracks of yesterday's skiers and lined up for a slot that would drop us straight back down to the cross country trail system. Neither of us were feeling too hot at this point, but our attitudes quickly adjusted as we dropped into fresh, creamy, untracked pow! After we cleared the face shots off our goggles, the smiles were definitely out.