|Icicles on rock above Sacred Dancing Waters of McDonald Creek in Glacier Park|
|Katie, with buttresses of Mount Edwards in Glacier in background|
|Plowing through thigh-deep powder near Izaak Walton Inn|
Almost without exception, we've encountered lots of powder, but sitting atop a sugary base, which makes for tough trail breaking and high avalanche potential. We're going to need a thaw, followed by cold weather and more snow for the base to consolidate.
The snow was particularly plentiful in the Essex area, where we skied on the groomed and ungroomed trails and roads around the Izaak Walton Inn, where we stayed. One night we got about 18 inches of snow! We didn't stop and ski it, but could see Marias Pass west of East Glacier Park had terrific snow.
|Clearing windows after 18 inches of snow fell overnight at Essex|
The snow had settled a bit better in the Front, where we did the North Fork Waldron Creek trail into the bowl below Mount Lockhart. We followed my son's skin tracks in. He climbed and boarded off Mount Lockhart that day. We saw a small slab avalanche off the north facing ridgeline in the bowl.
What can you say about skiing in Glacier other than it was wonderful for the scenery in the Sacred Dancing Waters area along McDonald Creek on the West Side.
I did one other day of yo-yo skiing on an off day at Showdown, just ahead of the groomers, getting great turns on green slopes.
The weather has been pretty cold, with the warmest in the Essex area and coldest near King's Hill.
|Ahead of the groomer making turns at Showdown|
|In the North Fork Waldron Bowl in Front|
|Touring on Deadman run|
|A glimpse at some deep powder on Deadman Road|