Sunday, January 22, 2012

01/21/12 MCA Trip - Ski Tour Glenn Alps to Indian

This trip was planned for December originally, but it was postponed because of 100+ mph winds at Glenn Alps with rain. With 6.5 hours of light now in mid January, there wasn't a lot of time to dawdle. We started at sunrise from the Glenn Alps Trailhead. It's been such a good snow year that snowmachines are allowed in the valley. There was a wide groomed track leading nearly to Ship Lake Pass. If it hadn't been 0F at the trailhead there would have been some fine skate-skiing. Just below the pass the snow got steeper. I opted to traverse towards the pass having only half-skins. I hiked the final push after the snow tuned to boilerplate. 

We finally reached sunshine at the pass, although it was short-lived. We were able to hike towards Ship Lake on mostly bare ground, and some of us glissaded a short ways. The snow was variable once we got our skis back on until we got to the hemlocks. Trail-breaking was fast through a few inches of powder on a firm base. The descent from Indian Creek Pass to Indian was a dream. Everyone in the group agreed the conditions were the best they'd ever seen. The snow was variable in places, but mostly untracked powder.

A few of us skied the Power Line a mile past the Indian Trailhead to the Brown Bear Saloon. A Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Onions with a Glacier Brewhouse IPA never tasted so good! It took us 6.5 hours to travel 15 miles with 2050 feet of elevation gain.

Ship Lake Pass and the Ramp

Ship Lake Pass and Avalanche Mountain

Descending from Ship Lake Pass.

Descending from Indian Creek Pass.

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