Sunrise on the Cathedral Group, GTNP, May 9, 2010.
Man, it’s nice to be home and skiing in the Tetons again. Things are still looking pretty good as far as snowpack goes around here and you can still ski to most trailheads…except Taggart, which is melting out on the moraines near the parking lot. Up high, there is still a lot of snow, with some aspects and peaks looking noticeably better than others. The recent snows seem to be consolidating nicely down low…though still requiring and early descent to score the best harvest…at least for now.
Higher up, you will have versions of crust, powder, corn, breakable crust and wind-board to chose from…depending on the aspect and elevation. Most of the lakes in the valley are still frozen over too, but I would probably reserve center punching them for only the colder early morning hours when they are still locked up. Better to stick to the lake shores in the heat of the day and avoid any slushy encounters, which can be pretty scary…especially on Jackson Lake. At least that’s my take, others may be bolder!
I’ve got some Wyoming ski projects I’d still like to get done this spring, and there’s always that Mount Rainier thing that starts creeping back into my brain this time of year. But I think that one will have to wait until June and after I get some work done around here. Anyway, looks like another system is heading this way, extending the melt off a bit longer. Yeehaw!!!