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

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
12/18/17, 02:51 AM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
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.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2013 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  February 2013 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  2/8/13 Silver Peak Basin
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: 2/8/13 Silver Peak Basin  (Read 1313 times)
Don Heath
Member
Offline

Posts: 825


2/8/13 Silver Peak Basin
« on: 02/08/13, 09:51 PM »

Why ski Alpental 20 times when you can ski Silver Peak Basin once? 

Now, don't get all up in my grill, boys, it's a rhetorical question.  I know the answers on both sides, but today was a perfect argument for getting a surprisingly little ways away from the lifts, and having a huge basin all to ourselves. 

Robie, Stan and I rode up the Silver Fir lift, then headed out the Nordic trails to Olallie Meadows.  We got more excited the farther we went.  Why?  I thought you'd never ask.  A delicate layer of hoar frost flakes over several inches of soft powder promised silky skiing and a good day! 

Having finally left the corduroy, and headed up into the basin, it became obvious today was going to be one of "those".  Nice powder, only one group's set of tracks in and out from yesterday (or early this morning), and nobody chasing us in... yep, it looked like we were going to have the place to ourselves.  By the way, thanks to whoever set the lower basin skin track!.  With ski penetration just a few inches, we set a track to the upper basin without too much sweat.  We hit the top of the Knob just east of the main ridge, had lunch and transitioned, and the fun started. 

Well it was all fun, from the alpine start of 8:30 meeting at North Bend, the easy going skin up, the great weather, to the excellent snow.  The turns down were dreamy and creamy.  We stayed on the east side, since  a previous cornice release off the main ridge dropped refrigerator sized chunks in the center.  The rolling hills and tree dodging down lower was a highlight.  We all did more laps of the of the lower part of the basin, including the first nice face on the ridge, climber's right. 

We met Faye, a solo, hardy X-country skier who made it to the top of the first ridge face.  She was a gamer, climbing up on straight skinny skis, and making big traversing turns back down.

There was a whole lot of whooping and hollering all the way to the groomers.  The Drifters got a much needed playday, even though they weren't that necessary.  An easy trudge back out and a fast ski back down Silver ended a great day.
Logged

The best part of summer skiing is napping on a warm rock.
Robie
Member
Offline

Posts: 1354


Re: 2/8/13 Silver Peak Basin
« Reply #1 on: 02/08/13, 10:11 PM »

The honest truth and nothin but. Excellent day
Arigato!
Logged

"I bought my rope at Walmart ,my gloves at costco but paid dearly for my dynafits"
Apparant Moderator of what sucks
Don Heath
Member
Offline

Posts: 825


Re: 2/8/13 Silver Peak Basin
« Reply #2 on: 02/08/13, 10:21 PM »

Arigato!

Yuki Oishi des  Smiley
Logged

The best part of summer skiing is napping on a warm rock.
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
Contact turns-all-year.com

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.