A big zoom in on the open north face of Rabbit Mountain. Obviously we aren't the first ones up there this season
Gearing up at the Coyote Call trailhead. The snow is nearly as deep as the fence and trailhead kiosk
Lots of previous traffic but that's OK, the skin track was solid
But now it's time to leave the established skin track and make our own
I've been up Rabbit Mountain many times so we tried a new route of ascent this time. We nailed it with an easy skin up to the saddle just east of Rabbit Mountain and an easy ridge skin to the summit
The south side of Rabbit Mountain is a nice open meadow as well. The snow looked appealing but was rather crusty from the sun baking it receives.
Great view of Chicoma Mountain. A few years ago Bill and I went on an overnight splitboard tour of that mountain and got in some fine turns on its southeast face
Some light snow showers between us and Albuquerque. The Sandia Mountains can be seen on the left
It took us just a little over an hour to get to the summit. And 7 minutes down.
It looks so close...oh, it is.
Bill making turns down the soft snow on the north face. Conditions were the best I've ever experienced up there
Ripping through the trees below the open slope towards the car
We were able to ride all the way to the road (with some very slow riding on the nearly-flats) and ended up about a half mile from the Xterra. A short hike got us back.