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iain

Mt Hood Meadows 11/6

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This one's for rumr. FRESHIEZ

 

Went up to Meadows today. They remain closed for another week, but there's already more snow up there than almost any time last year. Skinned to top of Cascade Express, then cut over to A-Zone. Dropping into A-Zone was a little sketchy with patches of ice, but there was snow where needed. There is also a strange glacial crevasse-like structure in there so be careful. Incredible amount of snow up there, but still pretty bony up around Heather Ridge.

 

Mt. Hood from Twilight Bowl:

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Top of A-Zone:

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Looking back up A-Zone:

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Looking up towards Superbowl:

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Looking down upper Heather Canyon (Hal Burton in foreground):

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Most of the skiing was very satisfying, though there were some patches of hard steep ice in places. The snowpack is quite stable at the moment despite the intense snowfall, hence the trip into upper Heather. We ended up doing laps on lower Heather once we skied upper Heather. A nice skin track was set, and a number of fun people joined in the party, making lap after lap. Great start to the season! I was amazed. Enjoy!

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Meadows was nice on Sunday... the hidden steep hard ice kept you on your toes (or on your face if you weren't paying attention)... we found more pow pow and less ice in the trees thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

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I heard that Sunday was a little wind blown, but Saturday was sick. I had to work unfortunately. Anyone up for skiing tomorrow?

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I made the unfortunate mistake of skiing Timberline on Sunday. In Iain's first picture you can see the remnants of the whiteout we were in. Zero visibility and crap ice/crust. Glad at least somebody got some good turns in though.

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yeah timberline has too many large boulders and wind-sheared rime up high to ski early season.

 

plus if there's any winter storm t-line gets it in the face, as the snow moves on to settle in white river. there are those rare magical days there though...

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I was pretty amazed at the # of people tooling around Meadows. White River was pretty nice yesterday as long as you stayed above the crust. Heather looks sweet. I may have to head up there next weekend!

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On a crowded day it's probably faster to skin back up lower heather to do laps than wait for the 2 lift lines. You would probably get mowed down by some boarder though. I wonder if you violate the out of bounds rules if you take Star up, ski down lower Heather, then skin up to just out of bounds on upper heather and work that if it is crowded. I bet you'd get a talking to.

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