Spring Aspect Treasure Hunt


One of the fun and frustrating things about the Spring is trying to figure out what aspects are going to be good. The sun angle/strength at this point in the year is roughly the same as at the end of August… So even if it isn’t super warm you can get a lot of solar gain on the more south facing aspects and they can turn to crust pretty quickly. On the other hand, they can also turn to corn pretty quickly. You never know what you’re going to get.

On this day we took one lap on Southeast Russell and one on the North Chutes. The 6 inches from the night before had consolidated on SE Russell into perfect corn, and on the North Chutes it had blown in nicely and stayed out of the sun to give us nice boottop powder. Pretty insane how you can get such different (but both awesome) conditions only a hundred yards apart. Also worth noting that as things set up here on some of the bigger lines we’re over 350% of last years snowpack for this date… With another 6-12″ forecasted for Saturday night! The pass should hold pretty great “spring” skiing for at least another month and a half.

SE Russell SE Russell SE Russell SE Russell

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