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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-09-2009, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Default 7 June 2009, Goat Mountain ski (ACC/BCMC trip)

A joint ACC/BCMC trip organized by Dan Friedmann. Great spring skiing on the N side of Goat Mountain in Washington State. Clouds kept the snow at reasonable temperature, however, the yellow dust (pollen?) is everywhere so skiing slopes below 30-35 is not very smooth.

Saw a major N facing cornice failure, perhaps 2-3 days old.

The road is open and driveable to the middle switchbacks (trailhead for Gold Run Pass and Tomyhoi Lake). Walked from there for 1.1 km, crossed the Swamp Creek and headed up the N gully to gain the North amphitheatre.

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That yellow dust is pollen from alder I believe. Good looking trip, I got up there in the back end of summer one year and the views were great (hiking route from other side).
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Yes you are right. It is pollen.
This magnified picture of pollen might help people to understand why it sticks to the ski base.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...isc_pollen.jpg

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