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January 9, 2017, Summit West
« on: 01/09/17, 01:02 PM »

The Silas report: 4-8" of new cream skied well on mellow NE-facing terrain between 3750' and 3000'. No wind. Temps hovering around 30F. Snowing lightly with good visibility

The soup report: Delicious curry @ the Aardvark after lap 3...

The Full report:
Left town early to get a jumpstart on the workweek. Expected to be breaking trail but despite being the only car in the parking lot at Summit West @ 7:30, an early bird had already skinned to the top and made a single descent without being seen. Improved upon the previous patron's rather "direct" skin track, under the guise of needing to test out the existence of inner edges on a new split I picked-up last Nov. from a friend for whom it was simply too big. New board performed excellently in the 4-8" medium-density cream that blanketed everything. After a quick warmup lap I did some exploring and found some knee-deep, but for the most part it was surfy turns with only a handful of skips off the firm bottom beneath. Better turns were found on the lee sides of the trees from the weekend's stiff breeze. Only had time for 3 laps, but that's sufficient for scientifically confirming that skiing uphill ain't easy. This morning was, somehow, my first time skinning all season but with the winter we're having, can you really blame me?

Drive was easy - 20min from North Bend going 50-60 to Denny Creek and then 40-50 up to the exit for Snoqualmie. Pass was closed east of the summit early due to a collision but had reopened fully by the time I left at 10:30. Banana for scale, blur due to simply pressing the shutter button without looking

Cornice danger was certainly extreme Roll Eyes

Nice to be able to check traffic conditions before departing

No big words were harmed during reporting Grin
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