We got to the lot Saturday AM, so probably not our crew.. that’s so sweet you got the Thayer in pow!! I probably saw your tracks, looked pretty dang dreamy. I can’t wait to ski that line soon! First spring here trying to get out as much as possible!
Nice! Saw some nice tracks on Hayden through the binoculars from my house that Sun, probably yours. :) When did you go in? Were you at the TH lot Fri eve? If so I might have seen your party... I was just coming out and catching up with some splitboard friends who were also in the lot camping and heading out early Sat, and saw a couple other folks in the lot. (I was coming out from a N Sister mission that day, Thayer headwall in pow, unreal...)
Ah, you found the "wall chute" that's a fun line that definitely saw some action this season😉. In the spring of '18 we happened upon the twisted remenents of the sleds as they melted out at the bottom of that low gully. It was sad and amazing to see what the funneled power of that avalanche could do to snowmachines.
@seanyboy There was a trickle of a stream over the road, but any SUV or Crossover would clear it with no issue. We were in a Toyota Highlander. All the brush had been cleared from the road by a really great guy who lives close by. This guy is a damn fine american and allowed us and a couple other cars to make it all the way to the trailhead.
Meira and I went up for a sunset tour and it was great. I think we started skinning at 6:30 pm. Summit by 7:50. We had brought some margaritas and had the place to ourselves. Skied back down what I'm thinking of as the "main run" fall line off the knob. Thanks to all the tracks, it was set up like an awesome slush bump run. Back at the road, we repositioned the car and grilled sausages in solitude as the sun set with a view of Twin Lakes couloir. Nice evening.
Ah so that was you early birds getting the worms, nice work! Those sledders came up and thrashed the upper bowl, highmarking the ridge most folks ski down (but fortunately right after I rode down it). So there'll be some trenches up there for a bit on that side 😠
I had a more leisurely start of ~10:50, but I still got a pretty good parking place (the ol' Wildman method of backing up right to the snow 😜). GPS says it was right around 3600' just downhill of where the Mt. Cathe...
Nice meeting you as well. Thanks for the beta. We have a couple other friends that were interested in a “bike to ski” adventure. We had our eyes on interglacier. What is the bike ride like from summerland to the white river campground- elevation, road conditions?
Good to chat with you guys at the cars afterwards. Thanks for the photos. It looks spectacular.
Interglacier was also really good, nice and smooth powder on supportive snow for the meat of the run. You can start skinning shortly before the usual creek crossing spot at the switchback before Glacier Basin camp.
Thanks for posting, guys. I've been wondering what the Crystal area is like these days. Afraid by next week much of the low-elev snow will melt (judging by how quickly things are melting in the Silver Peak environs which I visited two weekends in a row). Here's to hoping that Chinook will open up soon : )
About a 10-15 minute walk from the parking lot to the base of the Quicksilver lift. There are 2 Snowcats at the base of Quicksilver to keep snow at the start of climbing. Still good coverage Also good coverage for the descent of Middle Frerk's.😉
That looked like a pretty good run. I think I see that driving on westbound I-90 around the lake. Always wondered about it... you ski cut all those Avy’s and kick off all those cornices? Looked like quite an assortment of potential problems. Speaking of that... I bet the end to the road was athletic.