One text to the Noodler is all it took: "Ski tomorrow?" This one text spurred about 12 reply texts describing all of the logistics necessary for the tomorrow's outing. Basically, I was to be at his house at 8:30 AM.
Four of us piled into the Taco and headed north to Hatcher Pass and we were the first group to arrive at the upper parking lot around 10:30 AM. P9 had skied Hatcher the day before so we knew the snow was going to be good, but we were surprised when the sun came out defying the guesses of the weather guessers.
The Noodler and Bill put in the skinner up the SW side of Marmot. Despite being 3rd/4th, it was exhausting chasing this motivated herd of mountain buffalo. The climb steepens with no relief until you gain the long broad ridge. From the ridge there is a continuous buffet of options to choose from on either side. P9 had a particular shot in mind, so we climbed higher.
|Marmot's Long Broad Ridge|
|High on Marmot|
After freeing a couple chest-freezer sized cornices, we felt safe dropping in. The surface conditions were mostly soft slough. The skiing was great, but you did have to avoid the occasional piece of cornice. The apron looked small from above, but with burning legs - it was endless untouched creamy pow!
|From the Bottom|
For my 2nd run (their 3rd), we opted for one of the broad ridges of Presidents. It was a super long mellow schuss through endless acres of powder which eventually deposited us on Archangel Road. Bill, who finished his ski day early, had shuttled the Taco around to facilitate the pick-up.
|From the Top|