Muir Snowfield Classic
In the hopes of rounding out our first full year of turns, we loaded our skis on our packs and set our sights on Camp Muir. Conditions were perfect for walking, with sun shine, light winds, and temps in the mid 50s. We even had the privilege of meeting a fellow TAY user on the way up (VertVoyager if I’m not mistaken) and talked skiing the world—plus legends of small plane landings on local volcanoes, look it up!
We took things slow so we could soak in the last bits of summer, taking a little over 5 hours for the slog to Muir. Once on top the views were unobstructed aside from the billowing smoke of the Goat Rocks fire. We spent maybe an hour up top polishing off some Goldfish and Snickers before gearing up for the rough ride down.
The first 1000’ or so was natures version of Olympic moguls, waist deep sun cups were on the menu—which we saw coming considering they were plainly visible from the parking lot. Once we got through those the next challenge was avoiding a section full of runnels and dirt—so we down-climbed some scree to make life easy. After that though, things got better and we enjoyed ~1000’ of decent turns to Pebble Creek. Switching back to trail runners we hustled down the trail to Paradise enjoying the glow of the sun passing behind Rainier. We wrapped up the day with a rolled ankle 100’ from the car—on pavement. All-in-all, a very classic September day at Paradise, and 12 months in the bag!