Today I skinned to the top of Crystal in blustery conditions. While it continued to shower elsewhere, we were blocked by Mt. Rainier, and stayed dry most of the day.
Our telemetry reads 14″ in Green Valley, and that felt about right. The wind has blown the snow into a smooth skein of great base-building material.
All we need now is one more good storm, and we are golden.
My first turns of the season were a bit ginger. I hit a few rocks at the top, but found some quality snow on Lower Grubstake. As long as I stayed as light as possible, I was okay.
I didn’t have to take my skis off until I was almost all the way to the base area. Not a bad first day of the 2011-12 season.
Bring it on.