It was time for a real tour. Phoned up the hardcore crew. Conditions looked good! Met up with Seth, Ian, Crispin, and Greg at the Alpy parking lot. Crispin had talked to probably one of the few that actually had been up towards Chair Peak. Recommended route of travel was Snow Lake trail to Source lake Overlook. Skinned up into the Chair Peak Basin, then decided to climb up to the NE ridge and take a look at the backside. North Slopes looked good! Skied almost to the lake, then skinned back up. With skin track in place dropped one more line off the backside. Back to the front for more good turns, followed by a luge run down the Snow Lake trail. Good day, lots of vertical. I was pretty wiped by the time I got home.
Seth and Ian boot the final pitch to the ridge.
The Gang, minus Greg taking picture
Kevin Photo by Greg Louie
North Slope of Chair with Snow Lake frozen over at the bottom.
Took a break from drywalling and made a quick lap up Hyak. One hour round trip, lower lot to tip top. Hyak has been skied pretty hard. After this weekend it might have moguls. Checked out the chair progress. Backside has the cable tensioned, no chairs to be seen. Front side missing the lower bullwheel, and needs the cable strung. Crews are concentrating on the backside chair. A fleet of snowcats descended from the mountain with the workers, as I skinned up. Skiing was excellent with my fat skis.
Turkey traffic lights up the Pass
Cable ready to be installed
I told everyone at work this morning that there was not enough snow at the pass. I stated the forecast looked very weak for much snow this week. Fortunately I was wrong! As I drove home on dry roads, the weather began to change, snow. Snowing hard, the DOT was quickly trying to transition to chains required on I-90. I got home and ran the snowblower, then waited as the snow accumulated. After about 8" of new had built up on the railing, it was time to head to Summit West. We managed two quick laps. Snow was almost too light, but we were not hitting the ground. Rumor is West will open on Tuesday. Guess tomorrow I will be chasing the grooming snowcats up the hill.
Frank, Greg, and I headed up to Chinook Pass for a couple of turns. Unfortunately the DOT workers were hanging around telling people that the pass was closing for the season at noon. With nothing better to do, we quickly hopped out of our car and made some quick road side laps. Snow sucked, but the company was good and it was a lot better than a day at work.