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dawuda

[TR] Hood - South Side 12/30/2015

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Trip: Hood - South Side

 

Date: 12/30/2015

 

Trip Report:

Quick conditions update. Amazing weather on hood and great powder. Can't believe there wasn't more people up there. Started at 7 am on the 30th.

 

No on else tried for the summit. I pushed my way up to the entrance to the gates but ended up wallowing in waste deep snow and didn't like the feel of it, so enjoyed some fresh snow on the way down. Beautiful day!

 

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oh my god i'm going to ski that. how did the snow feel up toward the berg? was it solid but punch-through? or more powdery? any crust on top? it looks like skiing the old chute is open right now.

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The schrund seemed fully filled in. I punched around a bit and didn't locate a distinct opening.

 

I'd bet the chute would be amazing for skiing. That had been my plan before I gave up. Good powder and turns all the way to the car! I had ridden the mt hood express so I actually continued on skis down the 3.5 miles of glade trail to government camp!

 

Also, most of the terrain was deep powder above Devils kitchen. Lower on the mountain was 6-12 inches of powder on some stiff crust that would snag an edge here and there.

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Killer shots and to have that to yourself, so jealous!

 

Planning a climb this weekend as the snow continues to settle... hopefully the storms stay at bay.

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With all respect to the major, you'll be left feeling dejected after witnessing the ease with which he moves.. Ski with a rookie like me for more tips! Haha happy new years! I learned to ski at age 30.

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