Sunday, December 10, 2017

Snow better than all last season

A gorgeous days to do tele turns in the back country in the Mizpah Bowls.
It was worth the wait.
I had put off skiing after Monday's snow dump and was amply rewarded on Saturday with a terrific day of back country skiing and some terrific tele turns in the Mizpah Bowls in the Little Belts.
On a bluebird day without much wind we hiked up Showdown Ski Area to the top of Porphyry Peak and then south down the ridge to the bowls and Mizpah Peak.
The snow had a new hoarfrost and sparkled like diamonds against the deep azure sky.
We hadn't planned to do any turns, but when we found the new 18 inches of powder had a solid base, the downhill pull was irresistible.
The pull wasn't exclusive.
We met two Lewistown skiers on AT gear who followed us to the bowls and dropped considerably lower than we did.
Later, I wasn't surprised to find they were a couple of back country hikers I had met years before.
We did six runs, covered 2,200 feet of elevation gain and loss and 8.5 miles on this beautiful day.

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