It was a week to climb the ridges. With small systems bringing us regular snow fall, we had to carefully watch the forecast and gamble a bit on getting into the alpine zone. Patience paid off and the rewards were near perfect powder skiing! The key this week was relatively light winds at the mid elevations. This laid a smooth, even blanket of Cascade powder and made for the best turns of the season! Taking advantage of the new snow, I was able to try the new Black Diamond Amperages in their intended element and had some of the most fun ever sliding on snow. Modern gear and designs are increasing the fun factor immensely, check it out!
As we would expect this season, Mother Nature completely disregarded the change to Spring and brought cool temps and snow to the mountain this week. We’re close to about 60% of normal for the snowpack this year. With another Winter storm advisory today, the hopes are for a continued wet pattern for the Spring. We’re encouraged by these conditions and are looking forward to a fun, and perhaps earlier climbing season.
We’ve had a great week of ski touring and Avalanche Courses. Rich and Dane completed our final AIARE Level I and Chris finished up a Level I with the Lassen National Park Ski Patrol. With regular new snow fall, it made for excellent conditions for the class and estatic skiers in the backcountry.
Thoughts are slowly starting to think of summit climbs and descents from the upper mountain. We’re still in a winter weather pattern and may focus on the skiing the mid and lower mountain for a few more weeks. Until then; Casaval, Green Butte, the Middle Moraines, etc. are all holding some of the best conditions of the season. Call or email for details!