This was not my most productive week at work. After misunderstanding the weather last Sunday, I spent the day under my car and cleaning the house, only to find out that it had been sunny at Turnagain. Determined not to repeat that, I spent the week twitching in my chair, compulsively checking the weather, or staring blankly out the window.
With the forecast for Wednesday looking better and better, Robert and I bailed on work and headed South. The beginning of the day was a comical spiral through alders as neither of us have skied Sunburst when there isn't enough snow to crush the brush.
45 minutes later we had our skins on and were through the stratus. TT43, still hidden in the clouds, is across the way.
The clouds that had dominated the weather at the start of the week began to lift as we climbed towards our first run.
Robert's first turns of the year, lookin' good!
After a leg burner of a run we headed east towards Taylor Pass, thinking maybe we'd check out Pastoral. Looking towards Seattle Ridge from Taylor Pass:
At the pass we realized that our late start and Anchorage's rush hour traffic hadn't done us any favors that morning. Pastoral wasn't going to happen, so we decided to save it for the next day, and went for a second lap on Sunburst. The radness that is Kickstep breaking out of the clouds to the Northeast.
The view from our second line. Front to back: the Library, Eddies, and Wolverine:
Dropping into our second lap:
Robert looking even better on his second run of the year:
Not one to waste vertical.
Better oriented than we'd been in the morning fog, a quick 15 minute walk brought us to the car. Not to say that we didn't have a "we've been here before" moment though.
Its snowing outside, I'm hoping winter is here to stay!