March 17, 2010

Darkside of Arctic Valley

Beautiful sunshine and the mountain called. Up and over the backside of Toklat Creek at Arctic Valley, I skied down toward Hiland Road on boot top snow with a slight windlick. Then back up Rendezvous where the sastrugi, carvable sastrugi, and breakable crust tested the Stokes, and then gave way to sweet powder.

After descending the backside, observing this slab was unsettling. But, the release pictured and another one on a similar slope occurred on a convex rollover. I carefully measured and chose more moderate inclines to ride, but I wished that I could have seen this before the descent.

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