March 31, 2013

Crusty Rusty

Spring skiing on the Anchorage Hillside arrived with a warming snowpack.  Yesterday's powder at 800-2000 ft elevations warmed to  gloppy, sticky snow.  Above 2000 ft el. Rusty's shady north side remained cold, and southerly aspects corned out.

The firebreak in Chugach State Park south of Stuckagain created open space for great touring.
Backdoor Trail
Southwesterly Aspect of Rusty
Someone had laid some nice tracks down the Rusty gully with a nice relatively alder-free route out to skiers' right.  The old tracks had melted and the gully had transformed from Monday's powder to Saturdays' corn with breakable crust in a few places.  The Middle Fork Loop Trail and Section Line Trails were in very good shape.

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