I love tree skiing, but had a real hankering for some open, alpine skiing, so when my cycling cohort Forest suggested we ski up out of Convict Lake, I was more than game. I scooped up my buddies Steve and Nick and headed up there.
There's probably thousands of pictures of Convict Lake with Mt Laurel behind, but here's another. Never gets old.
Steve cruising the upper bowl.
The snow pack was well behaved. We experienced no collapsing (whumping), Near the ridge at the top we did kick off a couple of small, shallow soft slabs that ran pretty far. Might of had enough punch to knock you down, not enough to bury you. Otherwise the snow pack seemed very solid without any hollow/funky layers. The snow is very thin in many areas in this zone and a few inches of fluff that fell without much wind easily disguise the very shallow spots. We all suffered some base damage, but nothing too severe.
Beautiful day, beautiful snow, great partners.
Can't ask for more.