Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunburst Ski Posse

Finally, high pressure and fresh snow.  A recent mid-week storm brought about a foot of fresh new low density snow to Kenai Peninsula's Turnagain Pass.  The resort finally opened to alleviate some of the pressure on places like Tincan and other local BC hangouts.

Matt and Agnes are on a 10-day bender to ski all of the snow in Alaska prior to heading to NZ for work, so they organized a good ol' ski posse to slay some Southcentral cold smoke.  The victims consisted of Matt and Agnes, Jay and Victory, John Daly, The Hoff....and yours truly.

Our plan was to travel back to Taylor Pass and ski some shots from the weather station, but group plans took us up the standard route along the ridge line.  Single digit temps and a thick fog layer had us doubting our travel plans.  But we persevered and were rewarded with a temperature inversion and sun on the ridge (hence the name Sunburst).

We were glad about our terrain choice, as it looked like the Chilkoot Trail headed up Taylor Pass.  We ran into Eric the Viking and the MtnKat; I think they headed back to ski Pastoral Peak.  Prior to making the final push, we dug a pit.  For you snow junkies, you can find my results on the CNFAIC photos and observation page.

We made two runs from the top of the main ridge and skied some nice spines and features that boasted excellent snow!  Matt wishing they could postpone their trip...

I also put together a quick seggie from some footie I took with my GoPro HD Hero.  Check it here:

The stoke tank has been filled!! Give thanks!


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