December 24, 2008

Touring & Turning in Chugach State Park

We're having a fantastic season! With another 4" on east Anchorage, the snowpack is coming along. The alpine in the Chugach front range is typically pretty much wind hammered, but the Near Point alpine bowl skied surprisingly well (but not well enough for multiple laps), and the snow just below the brush line is almost perfect.

Like a frozen wave, Near Point summit is developing a little cornice. The sunshine doesn't carry a lot of heat this time of year, but it brings forth a warm spirit.

Below the brush line, snow quality is excellent!

Our winter city.

There are terrific lines above, though it might not look like it from here. It takes a little care, but connecting the spaces is pretty easy.

South side of Near Point has lots of room for turns.

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