Our day began just before dawn as Chris Petry and I fired up the sleds a mere 2.7 miles down the Chiwawa River Road, outside of Lake Wenatchee, WA. Sparks flew from our skids as we cruised down bare pavement for the first 1/2 mile, we soon hit snow, which remained nearly continuous for the rest of our motorized journey. The views got better and better and our psych level crept higher and higher as we rally'd down the long forest service road.
|Petry getting amped!|
|Early morning scenery|
Epic views greeted us in Leroy Basin as we pushed on over to the moderate and aesthetic south ridge for our ascent.
|Ski lines for days|
The South Ridge rambled onwards with easy snow and a touch of scrambling.
We took some terrible selfies on the summit, enjoyed the views, and got prepared to drop. We had seen zero signs of instability throughout the day. The drop in was steep but looked to mellow out quick after the first exposed choke.
The first couple of turns were hard, though edgeable, and soon gave way to 1-6 inches of light, stable, alpine pow. I tucked into a sheltered rock knoll and watched Petry drop.
Minimal sluff, runnels, and overall soft conditions had me giddy for the rest.
Overall, the line was much more moderate then I had anticipated (or then it looks). We shredded on down, crossing the face a couple of times, and jumped over one small runnel mid-way.
As alpine pow gave way to breakable crust, we traversed off the face and over towards the bench that would take us past the Icy Lakes, around the mountain, and back to the south side.
|The man, the myth, the legend, Christopher Petry - Mountain Guide, sole proprietor, Oh Yeah Farms.|
We nailed the traverse and were soon ripping skins and cruising towards the South Ridge. Perfectly creamy corn led us down the South Ridge where we bounced off as many pillows as we could find through Leroy Basin. Best corn I've skied in years.
Some zigs and some zags got us down to Phelps Creek as the sun set, and an annoyingly flat split-ski got us back to the sleds and some well deserved cold beers. The sled out flew by as we pondered our great day in the hills.
Thanks for the great day out Chris!
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