Started skinning at 7:30 from just below the Paris Mill. We did the 3.5 miles to the Mineral Park Trailhead in around 1:30. There were snowmobile tracks up the road but once we got to the gully, there were no tracks since at least the last storm. Snow conditions in the gully varied from having a wind crust on top to having soft recycled powder. Underneath the top 3 inches of soft snow from the last storm, there is a solid consolidated base. Going up the gully, avalanche danger was almost non-existent except for 1 or 2 small steeper slopes that funnel into the gully shown in the upper part of photo #1. Snow conditions above 13,200 were sastrugi with chalky snow in between.The snow extends to about 13,600 and the upper portion from there doesn't quite have enough snow to make a descent from the summit. The ski down was fairly creamy except for places with the wind crust and the lower portion even started to change to corn snow. The road out is slow and takes a lot of skating. All in all a great day!
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