April 14, 2001, Stevens Pass Backcountry
WA Stevens Pass
If you have ever skied the backside of Stevens Pass ski area in Mill Valley, you have probably drooled at the ridge line above the powerlines and that steep chute. Stevens had received 10 -12" over the past 2 days and we rode the lift to the top of Double Diamond. Skied the area to the powerline and Jill and I skinned up and headed for the chute. Breaking trail in 12" of powder was a pleasure on a sunny day with the temperature in the upper 20's. Everywhere the sun touched ignited point releases but the north facing slopes were dusty. After wetting my diapers down the chute to Lake Susan Jane, we climbed another chute to reach the basin that is above Josephine Lake. Again all the north facing slopes were powder. Descended to Lake Susan Jane and thru the trees to the lifts in Mill Valley.