Steve, Anne S. and I ventured up into the Mammoth Lakes Basin heading back to where Steve and I skied two weeks ago (click here).
After yesterday's deep snow I was a little reluctant to head back too far, but the skinning proved to be surprisingly easy.
Anne and I admire the views.
Anne skins up towards our turnaround point.
Steve makes the first turns of the day. A bit chunky with wind affect, but skied pretty well.
Powdery down lower.
Headed back up for another and skied a more wind protected aspect.
Real nice skiing on the way out.
Topped the day off with a barleywine at The Rambler.
Saw several shallow, but in some cases wide, crowns below rock bands near the crest and touched off a small soft slab in the throat of a short steep chute near treeline. The upper 6" to 8" of storm snow had just enough cohesion and had not yet bonded well to the layer below.
Here's a pic.