December 29, 2011
Knee Deep on Near Point
Near Point in the front range of Anchorage is blanketed with knee deep powder on a soft base. Yours truly set a skin track up the south flank of Near Point connecting the open areas interspersed among the alder tangles. It was cold, single digit temperatures (Fahrenheit) with little to no wind. The snow quality on the tundra above tree line is slightly stiff with a soft wind crust in the beginning stages, but below the brush at 2400 ft elevation, the powder is nearly perfect. Chugach State Park has some great skiing right now.