December 19, 2010

Back to Normal

Alpine country of the Anchorage Hillside is back to normal:  snow in the gullies and bare rocks on the ridges.  Chugach State Park main trails are hard and fast, and a little bumpy from the boot packers.  Below tree line, a foot of sugar-like snow rests on the Thanksgiving Rain Crust.  If you look for it, terrific touring conditions can be found.   For a quick 1000 ft vertical tour, the Near Point/Lost Cabin Valley Trail is at the top of the list with some nice 10-turn telemark shortcuts on the downhill.

Wolverine North Buttress
Trail Breaker

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