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MattT
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Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« on: 07/28/16, 05:15 PM »

I'm lucky enough to get to tag along on a core permit for the first weekend in August. Group is doing a traditional 2+ night backpacking enjoyment of it, Asgard to snow lake direction.
How crazy/a PITA would it be to try and bring skis? Worth it in August? I can be a glutton for punishment, especially for unique skiing experiences (plus it would tick off August!). But I've never been and this may be just asking for trouble? Any beta greatly appreciated!
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #1 on: 07/29/16, 10:03 PM »

The upper basin is one of my "go-to" Sept/Oct spots. It may be crazy, but to me it's worth it.

On the other hand, carrying skis down the snow lakes trail would be brutal. Every time I do this, I come back out Colchuck way.

Let me know the day you will be skiing and I'll try to come up and make a couple runs with you!
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #2 on: 07/30/16, 11:56 AM »

It's been quite a few years since I've been up there, but I recall a snowfield on the north side of the ridge connecting Annapurna and Dragontail closely northeast of Dragontail extending down to the plateau not too far southeast of Aasgard Pass.  My impression was that it was large enough to be semi-permanent and would provide more than a few turns.  This was during larch season, so late September, early October.   
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #3 on: 08/08/16, 08:20 PM »

Call the ranger station in Leavenworth and ask them about snow coverage. I think there are rangers that hike the loop several times/week. YMMV ICBW - S2F

Oops - I just read "first weekend in August" so what did you find?
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #4 on: 08/09/16, 01:14 PM »

Thanks everyone! Here's what I found: http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing_snowboarding/trip_reports/index.php?topic=36772.msg149769#msg149769
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #5 on: 08/18/16, 08:06 PM »

Yes, I would say skiing the Enchantments in summer is Core.
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #6 on: 06/21/17, 05:13 PM »

Bumping this up as I'm a lucky bastard and get to go again this year. 4th of July weekend. Snowpack looks deep up in the core still. Honestly ski touring through it might be the best way to go. Unfortunately not all of the group tour so not really in the cards.

With all the snow up there though it would be a shame to not ski. But I swore after my "adventure" last year I wasn't gonna be hiking skis out again due to extreme tail banging. Anyone have a pair of short skis/snow blades/Lowell's "figl" skis I could borrow in exchange for a pack of beer of your choice?  Grin
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #7 on: 06/21/17, 06:46 PM »

"Snowblades" can be rented
http://www.skiboards.com/skiboard-rentals-by-mail-ezp-16
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #8 on: 06/22/17, 06:34 PM »

Damn - if only the shipping wasn't so expensive. Thanks for the tip Randy
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #9 on: 06/22/17, 09:02 PM »

Anyone have a pair of short skis/snow blades/Lowell's "figl" skis I could borrow in exchange for a pack of beer of your choice?  Grin

If you live in Seattle or want to make the trip, you could borrow my figls. I have a couple pairs and they're not being used.
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Re: Skiing in the Enchantments Core?
« Reply #10 on: 06/23/17, 10:00 AM »

If you live in Seattle or want to make the trip, you could borrow my figls. I have a couple pairs and they're not being used.

Wow, thanks! PM Sent
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