Angell Base-not-in

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Updated: Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 6:05 PM
Posted: Monday, Nov 27, 2017 4:20 PM
Brian Sather*
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Snow Conditions
Backcountry Ski
I successfully made it to the upper basin today with skins on, all the way from the parking lot. However, I had to take the summer trail because snow is very sparse up there right now. The melting has left a variety of depths up higher, and nearly nothing at the ski resort base. The runs are looking pitiful right now, with rocks and trees showing all over the whole mountain. In upper Angell Basin at least I was not dodging downed trees anymore and the snow was a bit deeper then expected in spots and then I would move to a new spot and there would be hardly anything. Bare ground is showing under most of the trees and all the creeks are flowing strong.

The good news is that it is cold and some new snow came down. There is enough fill in that we're only a couple storms off from being game on up there. Some have already been skiing it, as I would have expected. I personally never removed my skins from my skis and tip-toed around everywhere. At times I just boot packed around because it was easier getting through the woods that way. It certainly was beautiful up there though.

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The Snow
New Snow
5 cm
Total Snow
60 cm
4° / N

Snow Depths
Location #1: Lower Angell — 60 cm (map)
Location #2: Upper Basin — 80 cm (map)
Location #3: Upper Angell Meadow — 17 cm (map)
Location #4: Anthony Lakes Resort Base — 18 cm (map)
The Weather
Overcast (> 7/8)
Snow - S-1 Very light snow
West at 1-16 mph
Hoffer Lake, where I saw a fish swimming around enjoying winter.
Bridges are needed right now.
Waterfall looking good.
Upper Angell Basin with grass showing.
Upper Angell.
Anthony Lake is iced over.
The Road Run can still be driven, with good traction from rocks and trees.