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Lisa and her dog Shasta met Jerry and me at the Glacier Ski Shop at 9:00. We continued on to the upper parking lot (4200') and were on our way by 10:00. The lot was filling up quickly with the promise $40's worth of "freshies". Our intent was to forego payment in search of the real thing. On the road to Austin Pass (4700) we encountered one other party tracking up. There was a small parade working there way towards Herman Saddle for some front country skiing. smirk.gif


Saturday was cloudy with a few sun breaks and light snow @ about 30 degrees. After 3 hours travel, we made camp in the basin below Lake Ann Butte at 4000'. The plan was to camp at the lake but when going higher only promised poor visibility, we decided to spend the night lower. The entire basin was untracked! The Megamid went up quickly and after a snack we skinned to the ridge crest closer to Shuksan Arm for a run back to camp. Variable surface conditions high and more consistently delightful lower. Snow pack stable and improving. Brief views of Mt. Shuksan and Mt.Baker as the skies tried to clear.


The cloud cover kept the temperatures mild through the evening and provided us with another inch of snow. Skies cleared overnight and the temperature dropped to 10 degrees very quickly. After waiting until the sunshine graced our camp at about 9:30, we started making tracks up to the saddle between Lake Ann Butte and Mt. Ann (5300'). Cresting the ridge @ noon and greeted by a cold breeze we were peeling skins quickly for the best run we have had all season. Jerry and I went back to the saddle for another run while Lisa and the powder hound found a sweet line skier right half ways up. Back to camp for lunch and a cup of hot tea before packing and tracking back to Austin Pass. A fast run down through the deserted lift area had us back to the car in an hour and a half. Dinner and beverages bigdrink.gif in Maple Falls at The Frosty Inn, home by 9:00 PM.


If only the rest of the season could be this good !






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