I am finally free enough that I can go out and earn some turns these days. Yesterday I made the long assed journey down to Monarch Pass to go ride some of the sweetest backcountry around. Snowblind (on other sites at least), had called me up to say that the snow was super deep on the pass. He also said that it had been dumping there on Saturday and should be good. So wtf, I made the 3 hour drive down to go hit the pass.
The coverage was definitely good at the parking area. It looked like it was going to be windy. I70 had been closed for 24hrs stranding lot's of Holiday Travelers due to the wind and avalanche danger. At least the sun was out. There was plenty of snow at the parking area, so I put skins on my splitboard and headed out. Peck's Peak was looking like a good destination for the day.
If not a little cold. To start things off we dropped the ridge down into Foose's Creek. Two tele skiers had also made their way back there. They kicked off a cornice to test a slope below them.
Yikes! Things were definitely tender out. We quickly re-evaluated our line and dropped a less loaded slope with good escape routes in the trees. Snowblind nailed some good turns on his AT rig.
Of course Cody was there too.
Another look at the slide the tele dudes kicked off. Not huge, but I wouldn't want to be a part of any of that either.
Further down there is a nice ridge with a bunch of mini golf course lines. I took one, couldn't keep my weight back and went over the handle bars. 16-20" of fluff back there made it nothing but a fun ride. Snowblind launch off one of the bigger rocks. Coming in for a landing...
and nicely done!