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Not quite getting an Alpine start at ~10am, but the weather is still good and you can see the peak from the trailhead. We strap on the skins and head up the trail, trying to avoid the doggy doo.
Nice view of the basin from the snow covered road.
Drift Peak, looking inviting
Skinning up the slope, with Pacific Peak in the background.
We chose to go up the Pacific Creek drainage between Mayflower Hill and Atlantic Peak west ridge, instead of directly tackling the west ridge from the bottom.
West ridge of Atlantic Peak
Crystal and Pacific Peak in the sun
After reaching the rocky section of the west ridge, we took off the skis and started booting up the ridge. Ski crampons would have been nice in a few areas, as well as remembering the skin wax (we had quite the snow and ice accumulation)!
The impressive connecting ridge over to Fletcher Mountain
The corniced ridge we just ascended.
Can I fly over to Drift Peak?
One of the impressive cornices along the way.
The sun made some brief appearances to light up the surroundings.
Mt of the Holy Cross in the distance
The ski descent was less than ideal, as the morning sun had warmed up the surface, then the afternoon clouds had created a rough ice crust. We had hoped for nice corn snow all the way down.
A slush-8 on a lower slope. Quite a few soft patches in the trees almost swallowed us a few times. Despite a few slush pits and a face plant (not by me ), a fun time was had by all.
Blue: skin up (we diverted from the normal summer & winter route a bit)
Red: boot up&down
Green: ski descent
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you gotta love the ease of access to the Tenmile Range, east or west. Those routes over on Drift look ideal, we enjoyed some turns in the NW bowl over the weekend with 7-8‘ of new snow to boot.
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