rijaca wrote:DONT GLISSADE WITHOUT AN ICE AXE!!!!! EVER!!!!
All it takes is one icy patch and you're out of control.
I disagree with this also somewhat. I like my axe and use it as a general mountain tool. So I usually have it when I glissade. However, that being said, I don't always use it, even when I have it. Given pitch and snow conditions, you don't need one, like the guy two posts above who lives somewhere near 1,400 feet has experienced.
The best advice, i think, that can be given here, is go buy a BD Raven that fits your size, go have fun on Andrews, glissade it in the late morning or afternoon when the snow is soft, and get the feel of it. Take a look at the diagrams in Freedom of the Hills and be prepared to do that. Watch the videos above. Better than that, see if somebody here or elsewhere wants to go with and can show you. Ice axe work is pretty specific but it's pretty simple, too. Kind of a pass-fail thing.
Andrews is a fine place to glissade outside of fall, when it can develop crevasses in dry weather.