Backcountry Skiing in Ward Canyon 12/9/09


Phil makes a pow turn below Grouse Rock

After reading the advisories from the Sierra Avalanche Center from the last storm, we decided to give the snow a few days to settle and bond. We headed out on wednesday 12/9 for some fairly low angle powder skiing in Ward Canyon. A lot of the snow had been blown into thick windslabs, but we managed to find some protected areas with deep and light powder. I used the new Black Diamond Glidelite Mohair Mix skins for the first time and I really noticed the extra glide and appreciated the light weight compared to nylon skins. I was, as usual, wearing my Mammut Ultimate Hoody and it really excels in the typical conditions we run into in the Tahoe backcountry. Its the most breathable outer layer I have ever had, I can wear it skinning when everyone else has stripped down to base layers. Then I just zip up the vents at the top and I’m protected from wind and water by a full Gore Windstopper softshell.  Its also really lightweight (17 ounces) and packable for spring days where you just need a windproof layer for the summit.  Its a piece of gear I highly reccomend. With more storms expected in the next few days, things are just getting started.  Another great day with good friends!

Shane below Grouse Rock

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