Lassen Peak SE face
Lassen SE was a very good skiing on corn snow, but maybe one of the last chance for this year. With my buddy Richard we started from the parking lot above Lake Helen at 6am, skinning up with ski crampon on. Perfect weather with blue sky and pleasant temperature. We skinned up on the shorter slope SE (the more left of the two) to gain the usual summer trail, following it for 15 min to the lower summit of Lassen. Great views all around with a wonderful Mt. Shasta. Other guys told us that the North East route wasn't in good shape and of course with a lot of walking. Then we skied down on SE face on nice compact snow with a final exit on dirty snow paying attention to save the skis on some rocky corridors. The snow was still firming and not mushy, so we decided to boot up for a 2nd lap on the left slope. Again a perfect corn down until to the road. Very happy for this Lassen Peak route after the NE of 3 years ago.