Joined: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:10 pm Posts: 1302 Location: UT
With little, or no new snow being reported south of I-80, I took a chance and went to PowMow for some lift assisted BC riding.
My first skin took me up the cat track to Lightning Ridge where I dropped in off the face. I'd planned to hit an untouched James Peak, but the cat driver told me it was closed. (Heli Chumps) After this unremarkable ride through powder coated crust, I decided to bail on that area and go to hit the east facing side of the canyon (AKA Powder Country).
The initial plunge into this area (south facing) was really crusty. But after a short skin up an untouched northeast facing slope I found some decent pow. Albeit, the exit to the canyon road to catch the bus was brutal! Solid hard ice snow. Completely unforgiving and painful.
After I caught the bus back up to the lodge I stayed up high and just skinned back up the decent snow, lapping the place with the good powder. Then after one final exit through "pain alley" I was done.
All in all not a bad day, but I must say our snowpack is in bad shape.