Wanting to get the month of October out of the way, I decided to take my chances on Heliotrope Ridge where continuous ice, crust, and snow could be found at 6300 feet. I would highly recommend ski crampons be used until more snow falls. I almost backed out of skiing as the first 300 vertical feet were the hardest to skin up and ski down. There were some good conditions higher up. A good storm will smooth this area very nicely!