telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
09/20/19, 03:34 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
Trip Reports Sponsor
Pro Ski Service
Pro Ski Service
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
Info Exchange

NWAC Avalanche
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2009 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  May 2009 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  May 21, 2009, Silver Basin
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: May 21, 2009, Silver Basin  (Read 1688 times)

Posts: 512

May 21, 2009, Silver Basin
« on: 05/21/09, 07:37 PM »

Skinned up to Silver Basin today in my newly purchased used Scarpa Matrix AT boots in my Baron bindings to try them out. Planned on skiing Threeway.

The snow seemed great as I headed up at around 10:45. A couple of inches of granulated snow on top of a firm crust. But as I approached the head of the basin the snow became breakable crust with granulated snow underneath varying from a copuple of inches to a couple of feet.

I almost made the east ridge for Threeway but the snow started sliding and was decidedly unstable and I couldn't touch bottom with my pole. I turned around and headed to the exit chute but experienced the same. Decided to ski down and was surprised after a couple great turns  how good it seemed so I ate some lunch and then headed up to the top of the large knoll under the ridge (old glacial moraine?) expecting some fine skiing.

I was disappointed. The skiing was unpleasant. Breakable crust with sticky snow. Lower it was just sticky and really heavy. Mostly straight lining. Took Boondoggle on the way out and finally got about 5 good turns in.

Great day in the mountains but crumby snow for skiing,

Keith A Henson, Puyallup
"Let's go! That powder's not going to ski itself."

Posts: 353

Re: May 21, 2009, Silver Basin
« Reply #1 on: 05/21/09, 07:45 PM »

Oh, bummer. This was our second thought for the day, glad we went with Pineapple instead... Hope you enjoyed your new boots at least.

Livin' high on the cold smoke!
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  

Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC

Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.