Thursday, March 13, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
We had full spring skiing conditions. Blue skies, tee shirts, and good snow were in abundance!
Here's Annie and Mike enjoying the huge expanses.
This is me hamming it up for the camera.
Here's the upper section. I made it up to the highest tree in the chute. The snow here was more winter like. I found an inch or two of soft snow on top of a firm base of wind board or avi debris. In real sheltered spots I found six or eight inches of nice soft snow.
The early morning views of Owens Valley:
All in all the skiing wasn't too great, but the scenery was fine and I enjoyed checking out this shot. With a bit more coverage it would probably go all the way to the top pretty easily and with a few inches of powder would be grand fun!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I also had good views of the grand wall that is the South Face of Lone Pine Peak.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Last week I got in a little routine of getting up at 4:30 and heading out for short ski tours above Lone Pine. I loved these dawn patrols. The morning light is always beautiful and starting in the dark with a headlamp added to the sense of adventure.
I was camped at Lone Pine Campground and made the short drive to snow on the Whitney Portal Road. After twenty minutes or so of skiing on the road I reached the hairpin turn and entered a broad gully to the north I call Hairpin Canyon although it probably has another local name.
The main canyon is wide and moderate:
Once you enter the canyon, several small, north facing drainages feed down from the ridge south of the canyon. This is the first run you get to when you enter the canyon. The first color was lighting the high clouds nicely. I skied this Wednesday 2/27.