Berthoud Pass, Dec 29 2012

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Scott J joined up with Nate and I for some post-storm touring and a few powder turns. The new snow was low density but there was next to no base – just a thin pile of basal facets on the ground. On our way up to the mellow meadow south of Hidden Knoll we spotted what I thought to be a dicey skintrack heading directly beneath Postage Stamp:

A little further up and saw a few brave souls testing the baseless and thin skier-right South Chute of Hidden Knoll:

We played it safe and skipped the meadow:

A nice tour over to and up the Upper 110’s and we had a nice drop down the Side Pocket Trees:

The new Broom Hut chalet could be spotted from quite a distance:

A rough climb back up Side Pocket and we found soft turns and sharks in the Upper 110’s:

One last meadow drop before we hit the skintrack out:

Turned out to be a pretty nice tour with good weather (no wind) and soft snow but still no base. We saw no recent slide activity and only got a couple of collapses with cracks shooting up to about 10′. Regardless, I felt a little paranoid from last weekend so we played it safe, toured a wide area, and got some nice turns.

 

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