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Saturday, May 28, 2011
"Cow-Qually" to bridge (ski/board), May 2011
Finally a long-awaited for tour on The Mountain! This time, I elected to take Eli up on his offer to show me an alternate descent variation from Camp Muir. Starting at around 10,700ft this ski takes an aesthetic line down a steep chute onto the Cowlitz Glacier before rendezvousing with the snowfield again near Anvil Rock. We then traversed over towards the Nisqually Chutes and skied that all the way down to the bridge over Nisqually Creek. All told, this ~7000-ft descent makes for a casual but enjoyable outing that has few equals on the “lower” mountain. Furthermore, the unusually thick low-elevation snowpack and persistent cool spring weather this year means that skiing out to the bridge will likely continue to be an option for a while longer!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Working Stiff Pow, Winter 2010/2011
Missed mid-week powder days and battling weekend crowds for chair zero, slope management and the art of staying one run ahead of the tourists, farming pow stashes and ditching uninvited tagalongs en route to those lesser-known gems tucked away in the slackcountry. This is how we ROLL! And when it all becomes too much to bear, one decides now is the time to sell a kidney and take to the skies. Yes, the pre-paids have long since been exhausted by now, but with Agata’s target of 40 days in the bag, anything more is just extra credit. Not bad, not bad at all if I do say so myself...