February 23-24, 2002, Crystal Mountain Backcountry
WA Cascades West Slopes South (Mt Rainier)
At Bullion Basin in the CM bc it was old refrozen snow on Sat and about 3" of oootah pow (thanks Utah; we didn't borrow that much) on top of a bearable crust on Sun. Spent the night up there helping out with the annual SM ski mountaineering course overnight field trip. Lots of work be did manage to get a couple of runs in on the glorious pow on Sunday. We had a couple of 3 and 4 RB failures on west facing aspects... there's still a faceted layer a foot or two down in that snow pack. Pics here for those that are interested.