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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Default 15 Nov 2012 - Heliotrope Ridge Redux

Return for more early season powder on Mt. Baker

FSR Road is snow-free from the start to the trailhead (0°C at 8 AM, -1°C at 4:30 PM)

Trail: Lots of slippery sections (walking the trail down was the hardest part of the day). Continuous, although thin and frozen, snow above 4750 ft (1450 m). Walked to just past the last creek 5250 ft (1600 m) where we swapped hiking shoes for ski boots. Skinned all the way to the top of the ridge.

Snowpack: the new snow 2-6 in (5-15 cm) was well bonded to the base. Ski-cutting the steepest slope we skied produced no results. Small areas of slab around the ridge top. No natural avalanches observed, no cracking, no whumping.

Best skiing was top of the ridge to about 6250 ft (1900 m). Very thin wind crust, visible in the pictures, but not noticeable when skiing. Soft base made for great skiing. Below 6250 ft the crust was thicker and the base not as great. Once off the permanent snowfield and glacier there is no base to speak off. We skied to where the trail enters the treeline 5600 ft (1700 m), hit some rocks few times. Trail not skiable (well, unless you have dedicated rock skis or I-want-to-get-hurt-tonight wish).

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Nice. I assume they finished building the bridge across the creek. made for interesting creek crossings during August this year.


Nice Photo and certainly some pretty big changes on the slopes below Lincoln-Colfax this year
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Yes, there is a beautiful new bridge in place.
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