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. (more...)
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