Friday morning dawn with winter conditions - Yippee! - A small disturbance, not expected to do much, delivered the goods!
|Upper Bench Lake basin - 5th Lake Bowl.
|Fumbling around in the saddle between 5th Bench Lake and Monolith Valley.
|5th Lake Bowl: New snow (dust on crust!), with a rare window of visibility.
The new snow depth varied from a 6 cms to as much 25 cms depending on elevations and wind effects. We had poor visibility most of the day, but skiing was FUN!
|Getting ready to ski "Surprise".
|Surprise ski run.
|Dinner - with only 5 skiers, the Hut felt very spacious.
|Gary working magic in the kitchen.
|Inside bench Hut.
|Bed time at Bench Hut.
|Eagle is the 1st ski run staring from the bottom, Surprise is next, with Buck Park ski runs to the middle right.
|Buck Park Ski runs.
|Steve always dozing.
|Chip never rests!
|Bench Hut permanent resident.
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|Bench Area numbered ski runs
|Bench Lakes are named ski runs
|Chago Topo Map with uphill traces (red) and downhill runs (green)
|Cat Pack (background line dropping to the left) and Triangle ski runs (prominent treed run).
|Dave Dog Peak.
|A classic - Thumb Line run
|5th Bench Lake Bowl
- The 2011-2012 ski season provided plenty of great skiing with my friends.
- Ski toured with my wife and sons ... Lourdes owns now a powder whore ski set-up, and Pedro is going Tele!
- Re-discovered some areas I have not skied for some time at Mores Creek Summit (Rando Ridge).
- And more importantly, BC winter recreationists continue to provide positive feedback about Mores Creek Summit blog postings. I only wish more folks step forward to make blog posting on the sister blog: CentralIdahoMountains.com