Knowing that I'd have to drive through the mountains on my way to pick Rach up from the airport, I scheduled in a run on Tri tip. While I was there I saw Pete skiing the north face of Tenderfoot. We yodeled back and forth across the ridges.
I was pretty stoked by the weather for Rachel's arrival, the drive back to Girdwood from Anchorage was a beaut. (Photo: R.S.)
Even the goats came out. (Photo: R.S.)
On Saturday we headed to Palmer so Rachel could meet with a potential summer employer. (Photo: R.S.)
The Colony Barn, ready for a move. (Photo: R.S.)
Unfortunately we both forgot our cameras but we were treated to a whirlwind tour of the Mat-Su's agricultural scene. Very interesting, and tasty. (Photo: R.S.)
I managed to contract the latest case of snifil-us for Rachel's visit, the first time I've been sick all winter!
Anyway, Sunday I was pretty laid-up from all the running around the day before, and I had to work Monday-Wednesday.
Wednesday, winter rolled back through, dropping about 4 inches of wet snow in Sterling. Awesome! I'll say it again, winter is too short. (Photo: R.S.)
We headed up to Cooper Landing on Wednesday night, and were treated to a bright sunrise Thursday morning. (Photo: R.S.)
Tern Lake. (Photo: R.S.)
We headed up Sugar Ridge where, despite the sunny skies, we found crap crap crap conditions. A supportable crust down low showed potential to soften up for spring skiing but it wasn't much, and temps were pretty cold. So the guide decided to go just a little higher and into the nasty stuff.
The descent was survival skiing at its best. Oh well, you can't win every time.
Friday we awoke to gray skies. we ventured into the pass and found conditions more similar to December 15, not April, with snow falling in earnest.
The guide, a little more learned from the prior days experience, decided to keep things simple and tour up Tenderfoot Creek to the bottom of Tri Tip's northface run.