San Diego Backcountry Skiers Message Board › Lets all start to post our reports, pics too
I’d like to ask that we all take time to post our week/wkend BC trips, so we can all keep up on conditions and routes that may help as we plan our tours.
That being said here are a few. ** I'll try to post a few pics
Skied Sugarloaf 1-22-11, snow as gone at the trail head till about ¾ mile into the creek drainage shortcut to the actual Sugarloaf trail. Road still had enough snow to ski out in the dark, but shortcut is the way to go unless breaking trail. There was snow on the main trail, but it was bootable so no need to spend time skinning . Ended up booting all the way to the open peak east of the long chute that is skiable. Could have skinned the upper elevations as I posted to hip a few times, and it did get slow going, but I run narrow skins and mid fats so sliding backward in tele setup is always and eye opener that I just don’t dig. Last ridge climb was icy and toe kicking was a bit tricky, but still doable without axe/crampons. It’s about 9 miles with little flat in the climb and being alone, I opted to ski the trail back out and not drop the Avy chute. The main chute is the best skiing and has many options, but this day it was late and I played it safe. No snow danger, just didn’t desire to take the hike out the mine road, not having taken the route before. Area is worth skiing, but it’s a one run trip as I see it, or at least with my old legs. But could be fun and quicker than reaching the Couloirs of the SGWA. I can post quads and possible UTM Nad83 Coords if needed.
SGWA Report from 2-6-11; Snow is still holding somewhat in the lower elevs of South Fork Trail. It’s pretty fast travel time because you can boot it dirt/snow all the way to SF Meadows. My day was a 12 hr one, but that is because I have a hard time choosing one spot and just skiing it! It’s too much of a candy land out there and I want to ski all over the place. To be honest I wish the Couloirs were only 5 miles in or so, I’d opt to toe it up and ski these all day. This day Dawned skins at base Christmas tree hill at the 4.5 mile mark. We first started to climb to Dry Lake to ski the left rock/tree line off the saddle on Charlton, but opted to push on to Jepson bowl “Big Draw” or the left in Little Draw. Should have tree ski Charlton all day, as the steep tress had very nice snow conditions all day and trees are always a plus. Made the line up CTree Hill to the ridge climb between Little Charlton/Little Draw and eventually chose not to drop the west side Couloirs, very windy and stiff snow surface with tired legs didn’t seem so inviting. Opted to ski the nice snow in the trees and make the higher cut towards Jepson base. Booted up Jepson bowl till we hit our turnaround time limit (think I’m getting slower these days) and had to ski out. Heading back we cut high on the ridge to connect the right most chute of Charlton and skied that while the light was fading fast down to SF Meadow. Again ½-1 foot soft snow in the steep trees and somewhat dust on crust type stuff into the SF Meadows. With legs cooked turning in the meadows was getting tiresome in the crust and should have crossed the east chute to the center tree areas of Charlton. Next time I’ll make the cut higher and not drop the chute. Booted out from the base of the SF meadows, and hit dark by John/Horse meadow. Overall good day, and still worth the trip considering the lack of precipitation. Word is pressure system is set to break and we could see changes in the high elevations soon.
If anyone else has reports lets post. I know a few were going to ski the tram the other week, but did not hear. My buddy said they still had a tad snow in Idyllwild last week, but it’s melting out fast. Keep our fingers crossed for the weather to break and dumps on us if it even will this season.
Any trips planned soon? I may try to get out one day weekend of 19-21, but I never seem to know till the afternoon before, but I’ll post if I go. Ed