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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Baker b/c - Ptarmigan Ridge (Dec. 8)

Hopeful that the mini-typhoon that blasted through the region earlier in the week did not wash our entire snow pack into Puget Sound, Scott and I endured the three-hour drive to the Mt. Baker ski area for a day of touring around Ptarmigan Ridge. We would not be disappointed, and our determination was rewarded with 8 to 12 inches of the lightest champagne imaginable over a very firm base.

Full report here.

Ptarmigan Ridge, December 2007

Hopeful that the mini-typhoon that blasted through the region earlier in the week didn't wash our entire snow pack into Puget Sound, Scott and I endured the three-hour drive to the Mt. Baker ski area for a day of touring around Ptarmigan Ridge. We would not be disappointed, and our determination was rewarded with 8 - 12 inches of the lightest champagne imaginable over a very firm base.

With temps in the 20's most of the day combined with a cloudless sky and sublime vistas typical of the Baker backcountry, it's days like these that rekindle my passion for backcountry snowboarding. We managed a couple nice sustained ~1000ft descents from our stopping point on Ptarmigan Ridge somewhere between Pt. 5626 and Coleman Pinnacle, and another mostly lower-angled descent down to the low basin just southeast of Table Mountain.

From there, we followed a skin track that we hoped would deliver us to the saddle high on Table Mountain which Scott and I were familiar with from previous tours in the area. Alas, the skin track instead headed towards Herman Saddle and steep, unconsolidated sugar snow over the aforementioned crust dissuaded us from attempting to traverse back over to our intended crossover point on Table Mountain. At this point, our return to the upper-lot turned into a race against the dying sun as we traversed above (Scott) and over (Sergio) Iceberg Lake, and made the final exhausting grunt back up to Herman Saddle. A quick descent on mostly tracked out, re-freezing slopes saw us to Bagley Lakes Basin, reaching the car shortly before full dark.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Crystal b/c - Cement Basin ski/split (Dec. 1)

I rendezvoused with fellow TAY splitters Eric (aka Snoslut), John (IAOFM), and skier Scott in Cement Basin for a day of blower pow and some unexpected blue skies in the morning. A warm-up run down the south-facing slope we had just ascended and three long descents into Cement Basin proper rounded out an excellent day of backcountry riding. Now only if it wasn't for that damn core shot suffered on the final descent back to the Bullion Basin highway. Someone got a tad bit greedy!

Full report here.

Crystal - Cement Basin, December 2007

I rendezvoused with fellow TAY splitters Eric (aka Snoslut), John (IAOFM), and skier Scott in Cement Basin for a day of blower pow and some unexpected blue skies in the morning. A warm-up run down the south-facing slope we had just ascended and three long descents into Cement Basin proper rounded out an excellent day of backcountry riding. Now only if it wasn't for that damn core shot suffered on the final descent back to the Bullion Basin highway. Someone got a tad bit greedy! Anyway, I'll let the pics do the rest of the talking...

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