January 13, 2002, Hauser Peak - Crystal Mountain
WA Cascades West Slopes South (Mt Rainier)
With clear and sunny skies, and a few inches of new, Ron and I climbed up the NW side of the ridge between Cement Basin and Hauser Peak in search of the elusive powder. Snow was wind scoured and crusty so we traversed the ridgetop towards Hauser, found 4 to 6 inches of wind deposited freshies snow over a bullet proof layer. Skied down the west facing slopes with great snow and only an occasional crusty patch into Bullion Basin and back to the Crystal Upper C lot. The proof of pudding is in the pics here.