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Kenji
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Feb 23, 2014, Snoq Pass, Granite West
« on: 02/23/14, 10:10 PM »

After two lift days past two weekends, it was nice to be back in woods, literally.  Started skinning from the parking lot.  The trail traffic was mostly snowshoes, we were the only skiers, at least on the way up.  Saw one ski track off main Granite trail on the way out.  It was a little warm, maybe close to 30F and snowed all day.  About 6~8" new, on top of fairly dense powder.  We stayed in the trees all the way to the summit ridge and retraced our track.  Avoided the upper open slopes, mostly because of the poor visibility.  The North side looked good, but indicated some wind loading and again poor visibility. Skiing was pretty good in open trees, then got pretty heavy in the lower trees.  Skied out all the way to the car with only a few de-ski over open creeks. A few more pics





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Re: Feb 23, 2014, Snoq Pass, Granite West
« Reply #1 on: 02/24/14, 09:41 AM »

which approach do you use?  GP TH? or Ollalie lake? or??
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Re: Feb 23, 2014, Snoq Pass, Granite West
« Reply #2 on: 02/24/14, 07:59 PM »

It's the Platt Lake/Granite Lookout TH, hiked past the GL fork until after the last switchback, then took off upward through the trees. Pretty popular for snowshoers/skiers when the avy danger is high, or too stormy in open.  We skied a little too far into alders as shown in a pic above.
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Re: Feb 23, 2014, Snoq Pass, Granite West
« Reply #3 on: 02/25/14, 11:03 AM »

I wonder why your touring partners tend to enjoy the brush?  Wink

JR
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Re: Feb 23, 2014, Snoq Pass, Granite West
« Reply #4 on: 02/26/14, 05:43 PM »

That first picture of yours is simply amazing!  Captures what I'm always chasing after.

Thanks.
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