"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!