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MGoodwin
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Feb. 18th, 2017, Sourdough Mtn, N. Cascades
« on: 02/20/17, 11:36 AM »

Given the awesome avy forecast of LOW, I knew this would be some of the finest skiing ever. Turned four times I think. Putting this up as a recon and beta for those looking for a good tree run (which is what I was looking for). Went in with a group of four snow shoers who were staying the night. I stopped at 4800' where you start to break out and get some nice views. Started skinning at 1700'. From bottom to top nicely spaced trees on a moderate slope. This place would be awesome in a higher avy condition day when good powder has come down. One side note for going up and down: at about 4200 and up, the forest about the summer trail gets notably denser. On the way down I went skier's right for this area and found the forest was much more open. Will try to get some pictures attached this evening.
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Re: Feb. 18th, 2017, Sourdough Mtn, N. Cascades
« Reply #1 on: 02/22/17, 08:42 PM »

Here are a couple pictures from the 3-4000' range. Transition point at about 1800' had a lot of small "lodge pole" pines. Tight but negotiable.


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Re: Feb. 18th, 2017, Sourdough Mtn, N. Cascades
« Reply #2 on: 02/22/17, 09:01 PM »

Thanks for the report!  Good idea to build a tree skiing inventory.

To what elevation could you reasonably ski, to your car at approx ______ feet?  Or was it the transition point you mentioned?
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MGoodwin
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Re: Feb. 18th, 2017, Sourdough Mtn, N. Cascades
« Reply #3 on: 02/23/17, 09:56 PM »

Car is about 8-900'. I transitioned right about 1700-1800', though that was also effectively in the open. Big disparity between open and forested areas. Think you could count on good snow 2-2300'.
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Re: Feb. 18th, 2017, Sourdough Mtn, N. Cascades
« Reply #4 on: 02/23/17, 10:21 PM »

Thanks, MGoodwin. A reliable and interpretable low-elevation snow report is pure gold.

Good luck and good decisions, hedonaut, whereever you're headed. We're not in the hunt on this unique weekend, but the hunting might be good.
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