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patrick
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November 22, 2012, Source Lake and Alpental
« on: 11/23/12, 12:42 AM »

We turned up our noses at the grassy slopes of Alpental and set off for Source Lake, hoping for better.  We set a truly terrible skin track out, through lots of dense trees and over plenty of rocks and streams.  Upon reaching Source 75 minutes later (it was a really bad skin track), we were treated to beautiful views of just barely covered talus fields - the basin above Source is definitely not in yet.  We guessed another foot would make it a pleasant ski. 
Back at the parking lot in *only* 45 minutes, we found Alpental looking a lot more appealing.  We did a couple quick laps up towards International bowl, turning around a little below the elevation of the top of chair 1.  More barely-covered rocks above there.  Down low the shrubs are minor and the rocks are few, and we had mediocre (but great for early-season) turns down 5" of wet snow atop a soft but supportive crust. 
Small day, mostly shut down, wet snow, but great to get back out there. 
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Re: November 22, 2012, Source Lake and Alpental
« Reply #1 on: 11/23/12, 10:23 AM »

Good report, thanks.
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Re: November 22, 2012, Source Lake and Alpental
« Reply #2 on: 11/23/12, 12:33 PM »

Yesterday, I found the skiing to be better under the lift line for chair 1 than towards Lower Nash.  It's still a bit brushy over there, but found it more enjoyable than the boulder fields of lower Nash.  In fact, I would say it was quite pleasant.

I took a look up chair 2 the lift-line, and decided it probably wouldn't be worth the climb compared to lapping Debbie's.  Certainly do-able, but bumpy looking.
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Re: November 22, 2012, Source Lake and Alpental
« Reply #3 on: 11/23/12, 12:48 PM »

Well seeing that it's totally ruined today with a nasty rain crust to the top, here's what Upper I was like yesterday:





12-15" of surfy pow, though Lower I is still a bit of an adventure that another 18" of coverage would do best to smooth out.
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Re: November 22, 2012, Source Lake and Alpental
« Reply #4 on: 11/23/12, 01:15 PM »

A+ on the dog picture
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Re: November 22, 2012, Source Lake and Alpental
« Reply #5 on: 11/23/12, 02:41 PM »







12-15" of surfy pow, though Lower I is still a bit of an adventure that another 18" of coverage would do best to smooth out.
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