Red Mountain Tour, April 08

Interesting tour of every sort of snow on Red Mountain (the one near Salmon La Sac) with Russ Schwartz and Jim Oker, and of course Gretchen and myself. Bomber crust at the base which turned to mush as the day warmed up, but of course the crust and colder temps climbed with us. Found an ellusive powder bowl on a NE aspect and got in a few nice powder turns, but 260 ft of vertical is too short to yo-yo more than twice without feeling pretty silly.

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Headed up to the saddle across from the powder to see what we could see, and then thought we'd have a nice corn run down. Turned out to be more crust than corn, and we're working pretty hard for our turns.

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Nice terrain, will have to come back some time with either more consistent corn or more consistent winter snow. The massive avy run on the big open NE face was a bit sobering, and good to keep in mind for full winter skiing.


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