|The special at Trudy's, no better way to work on the Blue Book entries.|
The last two arctic winters I have explored the French, Spanish, and Andorran Pyrenees, the Northeastern Swiss Alps, as well as the San Juan Mountains in Colorado while doing snow research and teaching avalanche courses. And during the austral winters, I have continued to explore the Argentinean Patagonian Andes as well as the Chilean Araucania. I can say without doubt, that I have not found any place in the northern or southern hemisphere that can begin to compare to the wonderful tree glade skiing of Mores Creek Summit.
Friday March 18th was a bluebird day, with light winds, temps below freezing, and strong solar radiation. Air temps went from -4 to 0 degree Celsius throughout the day. Indeed a warm day.
Snow surfaces were covered by absolutely beautiful surface hoar two dimensional plates, and near surface 3-D hexagonal crystals. It was not hard to find graupel at the snow surface mixed with SH and NSF snow crystals.
|NSF and Graupel|
|3+ meter deep snowpack.|
|Idaho Central Mountains caption|
|Southern Sawtooths in the distant horizon.|
|North aspects skied great!|
|Tracks at Southeast aspect left a day earlier by another skier - breakable crust ... ughhh!|
|Second easily identifiable layer from the surface down, is the 4F hard wet polycrystal layer under a Pencil hard 10 cm crust.|
I noticed a skin track smacked in the middle of Freeman middle meadow. Not a big deal. I understand whoever get to put the uphill track can do it anywhere he wants. It is likely that the skin track was justified based on a pre-existing crust. However, the crust was gone from the meadow by Friday due to near surface faceting processes. Next time - Can we try to build the uphill tracks were we do not impact skiing terrain? THANKS!
|Freeman middle glade with uphill track right in the middle of it.|