Diamond Peak....again....

4/29/21
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Posted by BigCountry on 5/3/21 10:49am

We skied our local peak, Diamond Peak, on Thursday, 29 April.  Two large patches of snow blocked driving on 2149.  We parked about 1 mile from the Pioneer Gulch TH.  These snow patches should melt out fairly soon. However, the right turn on to 2160 has quite a bit of snow still on it and it is somewhat shaded - this short section may hold snow for a couple more weeks.  

We carried from the Pioneer Gulch TH (at 7:30a) for about 30 minutes to the first prominent bench where there was enough snow to start skinning to the SW ridge. Once on the ridge it was more efficient to hike (no crampons needed - fairly soft).  After we passed the steeper pitches on the ridge we went back to skinning and skinned the whole way to the summit.  

The freezing level was kinda high so the snow was getting pretty soft. We didn't ski the east side because of the too soft (new) snow.  Skied down SW bowl from the summit around noon.  Great spring snow - lower part was getting a little grabby.  The tree skiing back to the hiking trail was as expected - OK, not great.  Still plenty of coverage.  Next time, leave earlier to ski the east side AND the SW bowl.  

 

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