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Old 04-30-2012, 12:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Alpine Meadows - Desolation Wilderness 20120428

Not much coverage left, but north facing slopes have good corn snow still. The trick is just timing your hikes for a perfect downhill, and a "not too soft" hike back up.

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks pretty awesome. Please tell me that you got that sweet looking rock drop on the second ride down.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Its corn, and darn solid underneath.

I think that cliff band will have to wait for next year.

It takes three climbs that size just to get to the spot shown.

Getting close to snowmobile time.

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Not the cliff band lookers right, but the rock just below the lone tree, center of the photo. Sucks that your corn is hard though, cause up here in the PNW it's all soft and squishy. That rock looks like so much fun.
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Yeah, I wouldn't wanna be dropping that rock onto spring crud.
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Default True on all fronts...

We had a recent storm, temps dipped last week, started the corn cycle, but the corn layer is not yet deep.

Things do get soft and squishy here, but usually around the same time they do, the riding window is 30 minutes between rock-solid and too damn sticky. The latter especially true by the end of a long descent.

We'll see. This particular hike is exhausting, but I do like the idea of lapping it, and when its soft, claiming both the rock and the cliff.

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Where exactly is that and how do you get to it? I'm a Squaw rider myself but I've been to Alpine a few times
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Easiest is...

Summit chair to the top;

Over the radio towers, and then following High T around Knife Ridge to Grouse Rock;

The slope in the pic above (original post) is parallel to High T. Thus you put your back to Grouse, facing away from Sherwood Chair / Ward, and into Desolation.

It looks like this from the Ski Area Boundary, Grouse just left of the sign, the slope in the pic above (original post), just to the right.



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For those who know the area, here is the view back to the resort from where I dropped...

The radio towers above Summit chair on the far left, Grouse at the right.

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