February 3, 2013

Government Peak Tour

The Government Peak area has superb skiability.  With a pleasant skinning approach through cottonwood, alder and willow from the Hatcher Pass Road mile 11 sledding parking lot, and several alpine bowls with lines from the mellow to the extreme, its a terrific place for all types of skiers and riders from beginners to experts.

There was a network of uptracks on 4068 today with countless options for lines back down.  The popular southeast face of 4068 was pretty tracked out today, but finding the untracked experience was easy.
Red Up, Blue Down
Peak 4585 was my objective, but clouds obscured the summit in the flat light.  Visibility elsewhere was OK and a handful of tracks were quite helpful in descending the obscure fall line.  There was a slightly rain crust about 300 feet vertical above the parking area, but from there up, the boot top snow was soft and fluffy.  I found the best quality snow on the more northerly aspect of Frostbite.

It was snowing when I left at 4 p.m.

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