Skinning up on 6″ of light powder on ice on Sunburst ridge today off Turnagain Pass, AK was frustrating. Skins didn’t wanna hold. Anytime it got steep, we slid back. The last pitch to the top was brutal. On top, I just wanted to go home. Clearly, it was going to be dust on crust. Bad skinning to bad skiing…
We gave the line Elevator Shaft a go expecting pure survival skiing and found smooth powdery bliss instead. The snow was about a foot deep and as dry as it gets. The layer underneath was soft and the skiing was murderously silent. At times, you could see powder clouds still hanging in the air as far as 5 turns behind a rider.
The lower section was a bit dust on crusty, but not bad and still fun.
In the past 30 days in the Chugach, today was the best snow on good terrain that I’ve experienced. The last significant storm occurred here on March 16th before we got 6″ two nights ago. It’s been a dry season. With only two days left to ski, it’s great to know we’re going to score.