AlpineK Posted December 11, 2012 Share Posted December 11, 2012 Trip: Arrowhead - NW Face Date: 12/9/2012 Trip Report: After debating early season conditions we decided to go where most of the snow went. Stevens pass reports looked good, and Arrowhead sounded like fun. My introduction to this seasons snow started with step kicking up plow compacted snow, taking a step beyond and sinking up to my chest in freshiez. Everybody else took my advice and put their skis on sooner. We didn't see previous skin tracks, bud did see a recent timber cut close to HWY-2 and east of the creek descending from Jim-Hill. The new cut stops at the upper road that traverses cuts above the highway. The rest of the climb was in, "as expected condition." Winds started cranking near the summit, and we didn't hang out. Who cares when powder calls ... . Since the snow pack is relatively shallow there's lots of fun tree dodging in the timber cuts below the peak, and moving skiers left of the creek crossing the cut seems like the best move. Lower down new cuts open up ski area style runs, but staying on submarine alert due to a new snow pack seemed like the best move. Gear Notes: Snow sliding devices recommended Approach Notes: The timber cut down low is the only difference of note Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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