We left LA around 7:00am and got to the Kachina Lift area around 8:30am. The weather was really nice and we quickly warmed up during the skin in to Williams Lake
Scoping out snow conditions on Wheeler Peak. They appeared to suck.
Sin Nombre at the head of the basin as we skin past Williams Lake
We're headed up there towards Lake Fork Peak
Snow conditions were very variable depending on aspect and surrounding terrain. Down here in the basin it was hot and pretty soft surface snow
Up in the high basin below Lake Fork's NE face we opted to boot up this east/south facing slope to hopefully catch some corn snow. Two other skiers came up behind us and that tan dog belongs to them
On the ridge we had one short fourth class rock section and some scrambling over to the line we hoped to ski. That's Wheeler Peak in the background.
Mark on the ridge with Lake Fork Peak in the background
Contemplating his ski line
This was our first ski shot of the day. It has softened up pretty well and was quite enjoyable
Mark was first to drop in
Then Amy took her turn
Andy was stoked
Aaron following suit
Andy followed by Nina on the first ski line of the day
We then booted up another slope closer to Lake Fork Peak. Initially it was good booting but got into some wallowing before we reached the ridge
Aaron and I were the only ones stoked to ride the solid wind pack back down to Lake Fork's NE side. Andy, Sarah and Mark went to make a run down Lake Fork's south side and we'd meet them back up at the summit for a third run
Aaron hammers the variable conditions
Booting back up for our third run. This time we went to the summit of Lake Fork Peak.
Aaron and Amy booting up with the pathetically bare Wheeler Peak in the background
This is normally a very good ski down Lake Fork's NE slope but this year it's really sad
Andy and Sarah on the summit of Lake Fork Peak (12,881')
Sarah drops in for our third and final run of the day. A good run down Lake Fork's southeast side
I just missed Andy dropping in off the cornice into this nice ski line. Amy and I both had this song in our heads all day...
We managed to find a skiable line back down to Williams Lake. This section was some of the best snow of the day
Sarah catching some air
Amy rips it up on the way back down to Williams Lake
Back down near the Kachina Lift at 2:38pm. We were able to ski pretty much all the way back down to the car with a short hike back to the parking lot. T'was a very nice NM backcountry day with 3,900' vertical feet of ascent in 6.5 hours.