Hooked up with Chris B. and Greg for a tour. Yesterday we had a frozen rain event, but the new snowfall today made for tolerable skiing. About 6-8 inches over the crust. Crust was firm enough that you did not break through. As usual, just gaining the ridge was an adventure.
Alpental was pretty tracked out, so decided to get a little human powered skiing. Hooked up with Greg Louie and Justin Herx at the Alpental parking lot. Word was two groups had skied the slot yesterday, so we had a nice uptrack to follow. As we neared the top, caught up with Silas and a large group of about 8. Lucky for us, all but two ignored the slot and headed back down the frontside. That put Greg as 3rd person down the slot for the day. Justin was happy to have his first chance at skiing the slot. Weather was perfect and snow was pretty darn good as well. Slot skied a little narrower with early season rocks. The apron was definitely a little thin on snow and Justin found most of the rocks. After Greg busted out the super steep skin track back to the frontside we enjoyed great snow all way down the frontside as well. Justin even had to ski the waterfall, although he did opt out on the last pitch. Nice day.
|Greg scouts out the Slot|
|Skiing out from the slot|
|Justin avoiding rocks|
Greg Louie powder shot
Justin skis the phantom waterfall with the valley below.