Being south facing, open, and avalanche-prone, conditions rarely agree to make this line both quality and safe. With a predicted warming episode to occur mid-day I set the alarm for 5:07 to see if we could make our dream come true.
Myself, Corbin, Brian, and Jim left the Yodelin parking lot shortly before 7am and tiptoed our way quietly past the private housing to the main creek drainage north of the hwy. We paralled the drainage heading north through tight trees before the forest gradually opened up. A long rising traverse allowed us to gain a steep rib which we cautiously switchbacked up towards the summit ridge.
Snow conditions varied greatly on the skin-up from breakable crust, wind-packed powder, to wind-scoured ice. Focus, intuition, and hard-fought optimism flooded our minds as we pushed our classically woobley splitboard bindings to their max on the precarious slopes.
|Brian on the upslope|
|Corbin scoring big on his first Hwy 2 Tour|
|Rumored to have been skied first by the late, great, Dan Zimerman, AK47/RK47? has always been a topic of conversation and is high on the list..|
|Psyched on the summit|
|Jim pointing the way|
|Looking down off the summit to the hwy|
Riding with a crew of four splitboarders was quite unique, and while I absolutely love riding with skiers (as I normally do), there was something special about shredding this face with a crew of boarders. We continued down, riding as fast as we could on the great open powder, only slowing it down to jump off cliffs and launch off wind-lips.
We laughed our way to the bottom, we had finally lived our dream of riding that beautiful South Face of Lichtenberg.
|Woo-hoo we finally rode Lichtenberg|
|Headin home, yee-haw!|