Friday, November 20, 2015

Cornbiscuit - 11.14.2015

After spending 14 hours on a plane, and the previous week in the desert, we landed in Anchorage on Friday morning.


Digging into the weather history, one thing was clear: winds had scoured Turnagain Pass. Gap winds, outflow winds, storm winds, from the north, east, and west.
Saturday morning, looking for protected terrain, we worked our way back into the valley.


Starting to figure out the snowpack, Zack picked a zipper chute for the second run.


As the afternoon light turned the snow to a beautiful soft pink we headed for a west facing bowl.


Zach:


Icing on the cake at the end of the day:


Sunday morning and time for more:


Driving up the pass, we grudgingly watched the balmy 18 degree temperatures take a nose dive.


Which was enhanced by a shady skin.


But, nothing a boot pack can't fix!


The sun made the top feel oh so warm.


Owen hiked higher up the ridge to drop.


I love touring with Owen, the dude rips and can go forever. Plus, he brings back fond memories of a great day above Eagle River.


One couloir down, and it was time for a second.


Again the top felt almost hot. I think our brains may have been frozen, looking at the weather station data later, it was about 4 degrees up there.


The second run had slid at some point and was boney.


But, the crew made it look good.


Back at the car it was -4 degrees. Brrrrr.