"The best deep-powder skiing is not found in the lightest snow but rather in snow with enough 'body' to provide good flotation for the running ski."
- Ed LaChapelle, 1962
You can have your bottomless blower pow. You can rave about pit deep 4%. You can have it all. The truth is, those deep, dry days don't provide the best powder skiing. Give me some Cascade concrete and and put some cold smoke on top of it.
And that's what we found on sheltered upper-elevation north aspects today.
What we didn't find were people. We pulled into the White Pine lot at 8:15 and found only two cars in the lot. Two! While gearing up, I kept waiting for the yellow lights to start blinking and then the sound of incoming shells as there's no way that there can only be two cars in the lot on a powder day.
Yet the dream was true.
Then the day dawned clear, with a postcard view down Little Cottonwood on the climb up.
After passing a snowshoer near the boundary for the Lone Peak Wilderness, we found no tracks. None. Just a hint of a skin track from a couple of souls from yesterday buried under the cold smoke to lead the way. For hours we broke trail and did laps in perfect powder, not seeing a soul until about 2 PM. It was like being on a hut trip in interior BC. Nobody around. Surfy hero snow with just the right body. Zipping through well spaced trees as if there was no tomorrow. Ed LaChapelle skiing.
I need to get out more during the week. So few people, so much enjoyment. Add hero snow and my favorite touring partner, and you have a perfect day.