January 3, 2010

2010 Sweet Pete's North

A fresh inch according to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Report, but more like dust on crust. Hard crust.

Pete's North was looking like a bust for the first 1000 ft el, but persistance paid off today.

The snow softened at 1600 ft el, about 1000 ft vertical above the road. The powder sweet spot was above 1900 ft el, and good up to 3200 ft el (my highest climb). It looked good even higher. Visibility was good, even with the continuous flurries and low clouds. Ridgetop winds were calm to moderate.

Crust down low was boiler plate strong and easily supported me on skis. The transition from powder to skiable crust to boiler plate occurred over a narrow elevation window, and the trip below the powder zone was cake.

1 comment:

Dante said...

Great report Jack. Bet Pete's was good and empty.