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|The run we just skied is in the background, far right. Waiting for a pickup.|
|Looking out across the Mendenhall Glacier with Wrather Peak (right) and the Towers (Left) in the background|
We hiked up to Spaulding Meadows to do some backcountry skate skiing. The best thing about a good rain on the snow then a deep freeze, followed by thick frost hoar is that the skate skiing turns incredible up there. It is about an hour walk up a snowmobile trail to the meadows, and they extend for miles with views of the glacier, mtns and the ocean. It was a perfect sunny, windless day to spend up there. The snow surface was perfect for skate skiing anywhere you wanted.
A picture from backcountry skiing last weekend. The snow wasn't bad, but there were some underlying instabilities that caused us to take it easy and ski some mellow lines.
|Inside a snow shelter I dug out for a lunch break while skiing Fish Creek Knob up by Eaglecrest|
|Stripping down up in Spaulding Meadows Sunday midday|
|Stout and the pack|
|Views from the meadow|
|Throwing in some tele turns in the skate skis|
|Extreme nordic skiing|