November 26, 2010

Front Range Sunshine on Canyon Road

With 10" fresh powder at Stuckagain, Canyon Road sunshine and powder had an irrestable allure.  But from a distance of a few miles, the plumes were apparent.  Maybe it is fog, I hoped.  Fog was in the forecast, right?  Maybe it's fog.

The wind had worked the alpine snow to a soft slab with surgary powder below the 2-inch thick top layer.  The meltdown from last week had formed an icy base which lay beneath a foot of the wind-worked snow.  The skiing was sub-five, but the sunshine was a nine and pleasant enough to induce a second lap.

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