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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-03-2009, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Regardless of conditions rain,whiteout,snow storms,it is always worth hiking and skiing Heliotrope ridge in the North Cascades.Quck access with spectacular views.And sometimes if you are lucky after years of turns all year flow you will be rewarded with boot top deep powder on the second day of october.With humble expectations,and simple goals life does not get much better.Today I thank the mountains for there good tidings.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2009, 05:56 AM
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Glacier Creek road is fixed now?

A couple of old stuff sacks cinched around your boot tops when you're packing your skis keeps the boots nice and dry.
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Oh heck yeah. Nicely done!
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2009, 06:00 PM
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Super stuff! My plans for Saturday hit some snags, but I still managed to make some turns despite numerous hiccups. I'll be watching the weather this coming week but perhaps Heliotrope with turkey and stuffing could make for a tasty Thanksgivings.

Great pictures by the way, so beautiful up there, in any season.

Yeah for early October turns!

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Sounds good everbody!

@ spltboarder good shot! Was that taken recentely?

Thanks and take care!
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Yeah, we went up this Sunday (Oct 4th). Great conditions, much better than expected. Some pics:



For those interested, there was about 45cm of new snow on bare ice on the glacier at ~6500ft. Fairly variable snow conditions, we mostly skied pockets of soft windblown snow, but there was some mildly crusty stuff as well at high levels and some more solid crusts at ~6200ft and below. Some big crevasses around, which were covered but probably not very well bridged. Needless to say, I wouldn't recommend going up there with poor visibility. The place was crowded, with at least 15 people or so skiing/boarding around. We could ski/skin from Hogsback camp (6000ft), which is just below the glacier. We did about four laps, so 1200vm of skiing vs. 900vm of walking. Pretty good for October... My buddy completed his first turns-all-year, but I still have to go for another month, but I guess with these conditions that's not really all that bad

Mike & Andy, looks like you guys hit it exactly right! Fresh untracked pow w/ the sun coming out as well. Nice work!!
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Mike, that was taken on Saturday October 3rd. Glad I did, as it looks like a full meltout might happen after this sunny week with freezing levels 2500 meters and above.
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@ braumus
Yes the weather was clear than whiteout,clear than whiteout,all day so we had to be patient and dilligent,so we got lucky with the powder!

@Stoked Yes the glacier creek is good to go!
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Nice...Nothing like sweet turns during an Indian Summer. If we had had skis we would have had some nice turns on the way up to Tomyhoi.
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Yes that would have been good burndog!Looks like you had a great time in an awesome area regardless!

I would like to check that area out!
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Did you guys get a look at Colfax to see if the ice is coming in? How does it look so far?
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post #12 of (permalink) Old 10-07-2009, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Marc!

Sorry did not get a good look at colfax,the weather was unstable so the views came and went!
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post #13 of (permalink) Old 10-08-2009, 02:22 PM
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Great Day!

We got lucky with the powder!

Sometimes you are rewarded on the turns all year journey!
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