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January 10, Phantom Trees
« on: 01/10/17, 05:22 PM »

Dawn run with Justin and Ari today. Snow below 5k and in the trees was faceshot blower, really incredible.  We ventured about 500 feet up into the more open terrain and found variable depths of powder over an old ice/sun crust that made the skiing a bit less predictable, though still much fun.  Second lap with the sun coming out showing the beginnings of soft slab consolidation in the top 4-8" of storm snow, which broke easily and ran on the crust on steeper terrain, even down in the trees (where we had one 12" slab break with some propagation in low consequence terrain as we approached the crown from above).

Excellent day.  We skied conservatively given the NWAC moderate->considerable upgrade and the unfamiliarity of partners - none of us had skied together before today.  Excellent discussion and good decision making.  Should stay good (and get better) for a while with the coming cold weather, but that crust layer may come into play when loaded more fully.

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Re: January 10, Phantom Trees
« Reply #1 on: 01/10/17, 06:22 PM »

heh, nice to see a close up of the tracks across the way today!

Some beautiful geologic tectonics in this latest deposit that all seemed to cohere quite nicely (more so than recent politics in any case!).

A whole month of goodness over there is good enough for me!



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Re: January 10, Phantom Trees
« Reply #2 on: 01/10/17, 07:02 PM »

We were hearing hoots and hollers from the other side of the valley - figured it had to be good everywhere.  So much snow - waterfall exit was in as well, though I put a big ass-mark near the bottom of the last drop.
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Re: January 10, Phantom Trees
« Reply #3 on: 01/11/17, 11:51 AM »

We went up further today, just below slot.  Found that crust you mentioned which disappeared climbers right of your track.  Other than that, excellent conditions once again.  Nothing moved except some sluff on steeper terrain.  8F up top does dry the snow out quite nicely indeed!
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