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LiteratureSeems like a good plan to start, unless the Regionals would be a better forum.
In NW MT, we saw surface hoar, a light rain crust, and some near surface faceting in our Level Two pits before Christmas, that then picked up ~50cms of loading. I want to go see how it's doing, because on the outset it was terrifying on S aspects.
Did you all get the surface hoar down south?
AenigmaAnyone been out the past day or so? I'm going to try and get out Friday, but I haven't been out this calendar year. I'm thinking about heading up Blackmore Creek and kind of playing it by ear/feel and skiing either Blackmore or Elephant, depending on conditions.
*cgski*anyone skied in Hyalite the last few days? hoping to head up to history rock for a quick lap tomorrow after class...
AenigmaI haven't, but I'm hoping to get up there saturday to give a go at skinny maid and pinner.
AenigmaKind of late here, but last Sunday I was up in the Maid of the Mist area up Hyalite, and found an interesting array of conditions. In the alpine, everything was 100% wind-affected, and conditions ranged from bulletproof ice, to perfect windbuff, to deep, slabby mank, to just sticky bullshit. The North-facing stuff held up much better than I thought it would through our record-high temps, but still expect to hit lots of variable and mostly spring-like snow.
The big surprise came when we got back below tree line. Predictably, everything that had seen an iota of sun was absolutely horrible, but the terrain that had the magic combination of complete shade and no wind was actually really excellent. We felt good enough about the conditions that we just skied the little creek bed down to the main fork of Hyalite, complete with sweet waterfall drops and turns around open falling water. Then we cruised down the slushy trail in sunshine, and came across a herd of women in heavy perfume and bar slut costumes to wrap up an excellent day in the backcountry.
I'm heading up into the Crazies tomorrow morning, and expect about the same, but with more wind and way fewer people.
chris.goodhuethis cold weather and no snow is scary
ghosthophopefully this encourages discussion
I am a total BC maroon, to the point that I'm not going ski something like saddle or the football field unless I'm with someone who absolutely has a clue. Everything I've heard recently is that because of the cold temps, clear skies, and no new snow, what is on the ground is faceted to hell.
After the bit of new snow we got this week, I saw some pictures of people skinning and skiing on facebook. Are they total morons, or are there certain aspects in the northern Bridgers that are in better condition than the rest? and why?