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Nov 21-26 Nason Ridge, Mission Pk, Mid Fork Snoq
« on: 11/30/13, 08:54 AM »

Hit a variety of places over the last week, so thought I'd pass on info regarding conditions.  I'm a snowshoer, not a skier, so routes were more trees than not. 

11-21  Nason Ridge via Smithbrook Rd, west aspect:  semi-breakable crust over consolidating snow in trees; deep powder on open summit.  Very cold.  Would not have trusted open slopes this day. Did not use snowshoes.

11-23  Mission Peak via Clara Lake, various aspects:  breakable 2-3" crust over dry powder down to the ground in more open terrain on east slopes; wind-scoured semi-exposed rocks on high west aspects.  Used snowshoes higher.  Chalkboard scratching crust skiing sounds coming from the masses in the ski area--but they were whooping it up anyway.

11-26  Middle Fork Snoqualmie, Floating Rock 5174' above Nordrum Lake:  snow level over 4000', generally firm north and south aspects; even semi-open lee slopes to summit were hardpacked.  Crampons essential.  Did not bring snowshoes.  This is set up as a very firm base for the next snowfall.
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Re: Nov 21-26 Nason Ridge, Mission Pk, Mid Fork Snoq
« Reply #1 on: 11/30/13, 09:26 AM »

Thanks for the conditions report, Eric!
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Re: Nov 21-26 Nason Ridge, Mission Pk, Mid Fork Snoq
« Reply #2 on: 11/30/13, 10:41 AM »

Walked around in the rain on S. Bessemer 11/29. Wet mist up to 5k had us good and wet. Mostly supportable thick crust in boots. Sunny aspects had been cooked by the sun. Vaguely skiable above 4.2k, but surely not worth the trip on skis. One of the three of us had a good time trying out his snowshoes on the crust.
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