@danthemtn_man and I got out today to ski the SE Couloir on Preacher, and had a blast! Well, kind of a blast... The skinning and skiing conditions were pretty bleak for the most part (no surprise there...) but we were happy to be able to get out and explore an area that we hadn't been before. Overall we mostly found unconsolidated powder on a variety of surfaces that was sitting over the 1/13 crust. This made uphill travel tricky, but downhill travel wasn't too bad. The couloir itself had wet loose avi debris at the apron which was well frozen and hard to ski. The couloir also consisted of anywhere between nice dry new snow to hard packed ice. Not necessarily ideal conditions for it, but oh well. Besides some wind skin, we didn't observe any avalanche concerns. The best snow we found all day was coming down the saddle between Wright and Roosevelt on the SE side. We happened to be doing this in the dark, but it was still great! Worst snow all day was coming down Snow Lake Divide into Source Lake basin (also probably no surprise there...) primarily because of the frozen avi debris. We saw no one out today, and coming back we didn't see any tracks north of Snow Lake Divide. Pretty wild!
Dan nearing the end of the couloir. Check out Holy Diver in the background!
Me skiing the upper section of the couloir.
One of the two creek crossings that we had to carry skis for.
Dan skinning across Snow Lake in the dark. Whoops! Good thing we had headlamps.