The winds were very strong starting last night and throughout the day. It was mostly a north wind and northeast wind, but seemed to be swirling from all directions at times. Snow transport has been very heavy and wind slabs we encountered with heavy and fracturing. The skiing was most unbelievably awesome in the trees on the southwest aspect of the peak. We had the elevator going for a series of laps before and after lunch and thoroughly enjoying the soft pillows in the low angle trees. It was an awesome day of skiing.

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Distance: 1.35 miles  ·  Gain: 893 ft
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Distance: 0.51 miles  ·  Gain: 410 ft
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