Gearing up at the Williams Lake Trailhead around 10,000 feet at 8:45am
We opted to skin up the run underneath the Kachina lift
In our group was Josh, Mark, Aaron, Sam, Darryl and I. I was the only snowboarder while everyone else was sportin' AT gear
The snow on Kachina Peak was still pretty hard in spots prompting Sam to bust out his aluminum crampons
In a fashion that would become standard for much of the day, we all took varying lines up the peaks. Why be efficient?
New Mexico's highest point, Wheeler Peak, and Mark
On the summit of Kachina Peak, 12,481'. Mark, Wheeler and Aaron. We would later ski the broad slope to Aaron's right.
To celebrate Sam's impending fatherhood Aaron chugged a bottle of champagne
Looking north at Gold Hill and on into Colorado
From the summit of Kachina Peak everyone but Sam began hiking to Lake Fork Peak. Sam skinned the grass.
Serious cornice action along the ridge
Josh in a sea of talus
Daaaamn the NW face of Lake Fork Peak is steep. We left the oxygen bottles at home, though.
Nearing the summit of Lake Fork Peak. Our first ski descent of the day would be 1,500' down the face to the left of the ridge, the NE face of Lake Fork Peak
We got to the summit of Lake Fork Peak, 12,881', around 11:30am. Early so it would be a hard-packed ski descent.
A short video to show the conditions...a bit rough
As we got lower the snow was softer and more enjoyable
After our first run we headed up "Sin Nombre", 12,819'
Aaron blazed a boot pack straight up a small couloir and Mark and I followed. Bottomless sugar snow near the rocks up there sucked.
Sam and Darryl along the ridge towards Sin Nombre
On the summit of Sin Nombre with Wheeler Peak in the background. We snacked and lounged around on the summit for about 20 minutes.
Not exactly awesome skiing on bullet hard wind pack on a steep slope. But again, it's skiing!
Sam in one of the couloir near the bottom of Sin Nombre's north face
We hauled ass down across the flats toward Wheeler Peak to cover the extra distance quickly
Josh broke trail up the steep, slushy treed SW slope of Wheeler
It's gonna be good...
Skinning up Wheeler, our tracks down Sin Nombre can be seen in the background
We skinned up to 12,800 where the snow ran out. We cached our skis there to scamper up to our fourth and final summit of the day
On the shoulder of Wheeler with Sin Nombre and Lake Fork Peak in the background
Wheeler Peak summit, 13,161', at 4:08pm
Wheeler Peak summit
Darryl topping out with Lake Fork Peak in the background
Back at our skis at 12,790' and about to enjoy a kick ass 1,800' of spring corn skiing down to Williams Lake
Josh tearing it up
Aaron taking his turn to rip some turns
Cruising fast across Williams Lake
Back at the vehicles at 5:08pm. We ascended 6,700' during the 8.5 hour day of fun. Needless to say, we all slept well that night.