Skiing today involved breaking trench up...and at times, down!
After reading some reports of good low angle skiing yesterday, I was pumped for a ski tour today. In the wake of this morning's cold front, however, temperatures dropped and the winds picked up. Peak gusts on the higher peaks exceeded 80 mph and snow was moving nearly everywhere, including at lower elevations. Basically it was a perfect recipe for an upside-down-cake snowpack with the high density wind affected snow sitting on top of a remarkably deep layer of lower density snow. Conditions were about as difficulty as any I've skied in open areas. My advice for tomorrow: Stick to the low angle trees in wind sheltered areas and hope for the best!