Did some more hunting today. I went into Broads Fork, despite promising myself never to return after getting my ass handed to me while hiking up it's scree fields last summer.
But its a badass drainage with some really "big" terrain and Ive never visited in the winter so why not?
No snow down low and firm snow up top so I booted the entire 4000 or so feet.
Saw alot of freshly down trees.
Im a little curious how they got this way. Obvious answer would be avalanches but the slopes above them are pretty densly wooded and not all that big so I dont think a slide would pack enough punch to do that much damage. Maybe wind? What did that guy say about a tree falling with no one to hear it again?
Enough with the trees. Back to snow.
Slab+Snow+Sun = Glide Avalanche
Hey Mom, I can see the house from up here!
I gazed through the smog for a bit while the snow softened up a bit more. There was an inch or two of fresh snow from yesterday that combined with a little wind was insulating the more seasoned snow underneath from thawing.
When it was time, I finished my koolaid and went for a ride.
2400 ft and a the majority of Hendrix's Bold as Love later...
The top 1/4 was what I like to call character building snow but it eventually transitioned into a smooth creamy surface. Easily the longest continous line Ive ever ridden.
In hindsight I could have probably waited a day for the new snow to burn off but what else was I gonna do with a day off?
I love late spring. You basically have the whole range to yourself!