Although March is often the best skiing in southcentral, this year in the local mountains we had some funky conditions that didn't make it the slayfest it can be . . . buried surface hoar is not our friend!
Bobby and I were hoping to ski the N couloir on TT43 . . . on the way up the NE face, we saw this gully and talked about not wanting to skin across it . . . but right on the edge, we were on shallow enough snow to affect the buried surface hoar responsible for the Cornbuscuit slide a few days before . . .
It broke just under Bobby's foot . . . I was a few steps ahead . . . we were both out of the way of danger, but it was a big slide with big propagation nonetheless . . .
and then decided to get on the rocks and head toward the summit - different angle, deeper snowpack . . .
We looked down the N couloir, but decided today wasn't the day, especially since it would be best completed with a descent down the east face that may have similar buried surface hoar . . .
I managed to break off a huge cornice before skiing the W face, so we had a decent stability test before dropping in . . . the skiing was excellent!
The next day dawned sunny again, so we decided to head to Portage to make an attempt on Bard . . . I've had my eye on it for awhile!
We got partway up the face above my head when we dug a pit and found some pretty unsettling layers and an unfavorable compression test . . . so down we went . . .
Me enjoying a brief moment in the sun before skiing the fun apron turns, crossing the Shakespeare Glacier, skiing to Whittier, and hitchhiking through the tunnel - a much better return than slogging across the lake!!!
A few days later, we headed out with Chris Page and Ben Ward for an attempt on Captain's Chair . . . again, I stress attempt!
Beautiful views on the skin up - eye candy!!
We decided the ridge had too much rotten snow, and there was a natural crown on a similar aspect to the one we wanted to ski, so we opted out early . . . deciding to break the cornice over one of the N shots before we skied it . . .