Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:17 pm Posts: 69 Location: so. or
Went for a day trip up green on Saturday 12/30. Boilerplate conditions above treeline, breakable crust below treeline. Saw a few pockets of wind-deposited snow above treeline but they were out of reach. Also a nice avy crown in sun bowl from earlier in the week. Good coverage though. Forecast looks good for end of week!
Rode Saturday on the West side of I-5. Got a late start so we hit a north aspect first which was nice and creamy. Second lap we hit a chute that we hoped would hold more of the same: it was rather hard and dicey in the shaded section on top and very gloppy toward the bottom.
I didn't wake in time for the Sunday run but my buddy got going at 7:00, hiking by 7:20 from Bunny. His first run was "great" so he went for a second drop off Casaval from about 11,000, "it sucked" were his words, a "gloppy mess by 11:00 a.m."
Its been inverted so the temps have not really set the snow at night. All that will change by the weekend I'm sure.
I'll keep an eye on this thread, let me know if anyone is gonna come this way. I will ride Friday so I'll have more hands on info by then.
Monday and Tuesday? What happened to the work week? I'm jealous.
Practically died this morning as I left for work with 2" of fresh on the porch. Hoping for more of the same tomowrrow a.m. when I might not have work.
Sunday wasn't too bad: some freshies in the trees and a kind of zipper wind crust above treeline. Everything above treeline is really stripped though: just look at the heart below red banks in your photo which shouldn't be visible until mid June.
Yeah never got a message from you but just checked did get one from Brad on Friday but I was on my way up Green Butte not at work where I usually check messages. Usually I get an email notice of a new PM but didn't on Friday, don't know what happened there.
Sunday was fun, not too crowded on the non-motorized side but the sledders were out in force. Saw one splitter on my way up and one tele guy on the way down.
Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2004 12:37 pm Posts: 1866 Location: in between
Yeah Dave. The photo makes it look OK, and it is now. But there is a pretty low base up high that could go quickly in the heat. Saw a lot of dirty snow patches, rocks pokin' through. Ya know, it looks like June/July up there in some spots. It seems like down lower is dong well cause most of the snow has been blown down throughout the season.
Joined: Sun Nov 28, 2004 6:42 pm Posts: 62 Location: folsom, ca
Some pics from today 5/10/07, for the folks going up this weekend. Still a lot of great skiing to be had in Shasta.
- Bunny: pretty much still skiing to the parking lot. Should be this weekend as well, but probably not the next. Even after you turn the corner and start skinning through the trees, it's kinda thin. With no refresh, I'd guess you'd be walking most of the way to horse camp in 3 weeks.
- Broadway, Sun/poweder bowl pretty much look done. Giddy Giddy/anaconda looked ok from what I could see.
- Good coverage in the gulch for skiing above horse camp. Trinities are fantastic.
- West face looked great. Not sure if the lower drainage traverse still goes or you should boot up and catch anaconda/giddy giddy.
- South side (k chutes/Sargents still looked good). Shastarama gully still looks awesome. Not sure how much of the road is melted though. Might be some walking after you're done with ski bowl.
- Clear creek looked likes it's getting pretty thin(see pic below from Mcloud), prolly great this weekend. Didn't drive out to brewer.
- water's running at horse camp. There's a whole team of folks tugging sleds to horsecamp for some party. One guy claimed he was pulling a keg.
First few taken after skiing today.
Hail pellets at 12,000. Driving up last night I saw tons of lighning. They got a lot of rain. All the snow below 12,000 got soaked, breaking the bonds of the snow, making it sugar down to 6-12 inches. Luckily at 12k or so I got back to nice solid snow. Below that it was water skiing down and tons of natural wet slides off of casaval. I think the trinities were the only safe thing to ski off of casaval today(solid above 12k). even at 9am the top layer was ready to go below that level.
stuff off of casaval next to trinities
Skiing the chute from the top was all ice-- still hadn't softened until you get to where I took this pic on the way up. Quite scary on the upper part. on the left of this picture the easier side of the chute still hadn't gone the cycle. Not really powder, but powder like. really fun skiing to the bottom of the chute.
Top of the west face. Coverage looks great. The shastina chute still goes.
Summit from the top of the trinities ~13k.
top of the trinities. Can't figure out why it hadn't softened yet. I overslept in the car and didn't get up there to ski it until 2:30pm.