On Saturday, Mike C rallied me into the mountains. We had low expectations and were pleasantly rewarded. We set our sites on Eddie's, an aspect just north of Tin Can that I have not been to since early December 2009 (LINK). That year we similarly lacked snow through much of November, and started the ski season in the negative teens after a mild fall. A 6-foot dump broke the cold snap and hammered Turnagain durring Thanksgiving week, setting us on track for the bomber snow year of 09-10. There is hope I suppose.
Getting to Eddie's that year wasn't too bad since there was so much snow on the ground. This year we fought our way in through brambles and alders, but made use of the newly cut Iditarod Trail to get back out, enjoying single track skiing through the boreal rain forest.
|The Iditarod Trail is visible cutting through the alders on the flanks of Tin Can. This trail may be a game changer for access to Ingram Creek, Eddie's, and perhaps even the Shark Fin.|
|The trees make it feel like the snow is thick.|
|No traffic coming up the Pass, a bad sign.|