Reece was pysched to see snow. He probably thought we were crazy putting skis on the car...but who's crazy now?
We packed the skis for the first two miles. On the way out hiking with ski boots in 70degree temps looked out of place to the kids in shorts and sandals. But it was worth it!
Sure. I'm a poser, thats fine. Don't don't let me distract you from the view of Sin Nombre. Photo: Mark Schraad.
Lake Fork Peak. We skied the bowl to the right of the peak, and then tried sking the chute further to the right on the other side of the rock band....that came with surprises
Post-holing is brutal. Time for the skins
Reece vs. the Marmot (near the top right). The old dog lost interest quick.
Wheeler Peak off in the distance
Cornices are just hanging on
Photo: Mark Schraad.
Reece gets his first summit on Lake Fork Peak. Not bad for a 12 year old springer spaniel aussi mix. Photo: Mark Schraad.
This was our first line. I went right and Mark went left.
Reece in hot pursuit
Great corn snow. Not much slough sliding. Photos add 5lbs to your weight and takes 5 degrees off the slope. I measured this one at 40 degrees
The smile say it all. Great conditions. Time for another lap.
The second line was narrower and the plan was to ski down and spit the rocks to the right. Williams Lake in the top right. 40 degree slope.
Stepping in, we kicked off minor slough slides so we were pretty cautious about lines and runouts.
Mark skied off to a safe area and this last turn kicked off what started out as a small slough slide, but quickly accelerated into a fast river of snow
Blurry shot but the snow below us is behaving like a class III river. You can make out the runout below. Its safe where we are standing. Fluid dynamics with no computation required.
The runout doesn't look like much, and not enough to bury (except maybe a springer spaniel aussi mix). If you got caught up, however, it could be a pretty sketchy ride down a rocky face.
After skiing the top chute (and triggering the slide in the left of the screen) we traversed out of there
The chute jsut to the left of center is what we skied. The open bowl is out of view
Sin Nombre still looking pretty good.
The two lines off Lake Fork are what we skied today. The photo was taken 3 days later in the early morning by Michael B. Engelhardt. The line off Sin Nombre on the left is what we skied earlier in May. Thanks for sharing the photo Mike