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Title: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: avajane on 01/23/17, 05:33 PM
Kings Ridge perfect. Easy skin track. Light, boottop snow. Only one set of tracks! Pictures on Facebook TAY


Title: Re: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: rlsg on 01/24/17, 03:48 PM
Quote from: avajane on 01/23/17, 05:33 PM
Kings Ridge perfect. Easy skin track. Light, boottop snow. Only one set of tracks! Pictures on Facebook TAY

ludite here..ie dont do fb...could you post here?


Title: Re: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: avajane on 01/24/17, 06:53 PM
Trying


Title: Re: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: avajane on 01/24/17, 06:57 PM
Above picture at maybe 3600' on ridge. Higher up would be even deeper but even at this level it was perfect. I quit posting pictures here as I don't know how to make them small enough without emailing them to myself and then downsizing to bad resolution. It's so much easier on Facebook....but this time...😄


Title: Re: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: aaron_wright on 01/25/17, 03:09 PM
Quote from: avajane on 01/24/17, 06:53 PM
Trying

Very similar conditions up around Horse Lake Mt. at the end of No. 2 Canyon.


Title: Re: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: avajane on 01/25/17, 06:34 PM
Nice. It's often a small window but when it's on it's on!

I think I drove down Canyon 2 one day and scared the **** out of my wife.


Title: Re: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: pipedream on 01/26/17, 12:37 PM
How heavy was the snow? When we drove over Blewett Monday afternoon it looked thick and with a temp spike into the upper 30s that day (followed by a cool-down overnight) I'm concerned conditions have changed for the worse...


Title: Re: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: avajane on 01/26/17, 01:03 PM
On Monday afternoon it was hard as a rock at 2,000' in Valley Hi. At trailhead it was
Soft with a soft crust underneath. In the picture shot, 3/4's up the ridge it was perfect, light powder. The problem with low elevation skiiing is it can go bad quick. I wouldn't travel far without a better update than I can give from Whistler. If you go, plan on skiing  on the north facing aspects.

I'll try to get an update on If I can get Ava to go check.


Title: Re: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: Good2Go on 01/26/17, 03:39 PM
I skied not too far from there on Sunday (just W of Ingalls) and there was impressive pow (12-16") above 4k'.  It tends to stay cooler over that way, but the sun also tends to be more intense.  It's too bad the N facing slopes off the 9712 road (Mt Lillian, Devils Gulch, etc.) aren't more easily accessible to non-motorized users, as in years with good snow (like this) it is really, really good.  Thanks for posting Ava. This spot deserves more traffic.

As an aside - Have any of you Eastsiders ever explored up the Ingalls Creek valley from the highway?  On the map it looks like you can get to huge N facing slopes (3 Bros/3k'+ relief) with just a couple miles of flat travel each way.  I've done more work for less reward.


Title: Re: 1/23/17 Good snow on Blewitt
Post by: avajane on 01/27/17, 03:36 PM
Someone went yesterday and liked it lots. Stay northeast and off anything southfacing. The guy yesterday said he went to 5200' and found 6-8" of good snow. Another guy on Tuesday found unpredictable crust under good snow and went elsewhere.


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