Friday, December 16, 2011
The past few weeks have been disappointing in terms of new snow and the usual expected December dumps. November was a big tease with record snowfall but it's hard to complain. Danielle and I decided we should get out anyway and have a look up one of our favourite valleys near Pemberton. When I woke up to scrape the windows on Saturday morning I remembered the full moon lunar eclipse was taking place at 6:05am. It was certainly an interesting sight to start the day. After a few hours we arrived at the trailhead and headed up valley. We wanted to see what the 2 week inversion had done to the snowpack in the alpine so we headed up N Tenas creek and put a trail in the forest to the base on Mt Ronayne.
When we arrived we found all the N facing couloirs had cleaned themselves out and run full path. Good news for future missions but not ridable today.
After a lunch and some tea we headed down and hooked into Tenquille creek with a plan to spend a night in the new Cabin. The hoar frost along the way was spectacular with hand sized plates I'd never quite seen before.
We parked the machine and made out way to the lake.
We were greeted by an empty cabin where the beers went down easily.
Danielle suggested we go for a late night skin over Tenquille lake. What a night!
The next morning we made our way up Copper Mound and Fossil Pass and skied a great line down to the lake.
On the way out, much needed freshies started to fly....