After a leisurely 6:30am start from Los Alamos, we were skinning up towards Kachina at 9:15am
Four to six inches of new snow had fallen the day before making for a more winter-like scene
Booting it up a chute towards Kachina
From the top of Kachina Peak (12,481') we headed south on the ridge to Lake Fork Peak (12,881')
Andy, Aaron and Nina load-test a small cornice. It held.
Hiking up the last bit of ridge to the summit of Lake Fork Peak. The clouds never did dissipate as we expected but that was good--they kept the snow from becoming serious mashed potatoes.
Our first ski line was down the SW side of Lake Fork Peak. Soft and buttery.
We booted it back up to the summit of Lake Fork Peak for a run down the steep, always-enjoyable, NE slope
Sam and Aaron get first tracks down the NE slope of Lake Fork
Sarah dropping into the NE slope of Lake Fork.
Mango Man Andy takes his turn
Andy ripping big, fast turns down the NE slope. The big snow blocks made it navigation a bit more difficult
Man we had a good time riding that slope
Next we booted it up to the minor ridge north of Lake Fork Peak to ride this line on the north-facing side of the ridge. Steep and filled in nicely.
Sam busts it out
Aaron found a bit more technical line skier's left of the main slope
Sarah floating the main slope
Andy opening it up, as usual. This was another great line
We booted it back up a very steep hidden ramp to gain the ridge south of Kachina Peak so we could ski Kachina's main slope and into Hunziker Bowl and to the car
The last bit of hiking for day back up to Kachina Peak's summit
Andy pets "Bandit" the ski valley's resident husky. Bandit followed us all day often disappearing for a while before just showing back up when we least expected it. She's a sweet dog and gave Nina the husky some good company for the day
The sun poked out just as we skied Kachina Peak's main slope and headed into Hunziker
Great mashed potatoes skiing in Hunziker Bowl to finish up the 4,410' vertical day