With reports of recent high winds and no new snow in the past several days, Evan and I set out Thursday looking more to explore a new area than get powder turns.
Here's Evan near the start of our (fortunately windless) tour:
Looking North after a few-hundred-foot climb:
We stopped just shy of the peak, deciding not to make the final push to the summit since it was wind loaded and crusty. With hardly a cloud in the sky and almost imperceptible wind, we took our time on the transition.
Evan, looking East (it's about 2,000 vertical down to the valley):
It was one of those rare times at elevation where everything was calm and comfortable. I found myself wishing we had lugged up lawn chairs, beers, a grill and some brats.
Me, looking North:
Evan starting the down:
The top was firm, but the mid-mountain snow was awesome and far exceeded expectations: