Sunday, February 28th, 2010
This just in from Amar Andalkar, who recently had a nice trip from 10,700 down to Paradise.
Thanks for the very quick reply. I had a great day on the Mountain yesterday, skinned to Muir and then up Cowlitz Cleaver to about 10750 ft. Skied some powder on the edge of the Cowlitz, then down the Snowfield and via Nisqually Chute all the way out to the bridge. Met Ned Randolph (former RMI guide) at Muir and ended up skiing with him, since he'd parked his car at the bridge.
The snow in the Chute was heavy powder but very stable during our run, despite a large natural sluff/slab that had run at about 11am, and several older crowns along the edges of the Chute. Snow on the Nisqually Glacier was surprisingly nice, very smooth and not sticky, and almost corn on the steep pitch at the terminus. Skiable all the way to the bridge, except for two river crossings right near the end (wet boots for me). Nice to get almost 7000 vert of mostly good skiing in a single run.
On Wednesday, 11/18, there was 6+ inches of new corn snow at Paradise. The wind had scoured most of the new snow and left a hard crust to ski on. The heather is still uncovered at the top. The Nisqually-side needs to fill in, but we found good turns east of Alta Vista.
The slopes on the east side of Edith Creek were much better and about a half dozen snowboarders and skiers had the place to themselves. The creeks are open and flowing so it's best to take the bridges. West-facing slopes were loaded and not consolidated.
One set of fresh tracks leading into the trees.