Rogers Pass Base Camp Skiing
Everything was different the next morning. We woke up to brilliant sunshine, with cool, clear, cloudless skies. The new snow from the previous 3 days sparkled under the new sun and we could barely contain our excitement as we cooked the remainder of our food for breakfast (it was a mix of instant milk, brown sugar, a meager amount of oatmeal, and macaroni noodles – we were desperate!)
We geared up and started skinning up toward the Seven Steps
We passed Noah and my previous high point and continued up the final headwall. The views were incredible, and the snow quality excellent. We dug a pit and decided that the overall stability was good, so we continued upward.
Then the fun part started. Skiing fresh powder at 3000 meters with the entirety of the Asulkan Glacier spread out in front of us and sharp rocky peaks all around. It’s impossible to describe how cool the skiing up there was, so I’m just going to post the pictures and let them do the talking. Just imagine the velvety smoothness of 1-2′ of fresh powder underfoot…
Finally we got tired and it was getting late, so we headed back to pack up camp. With our packs fully loaded again, we said goodbye to our home for the past few days and began the ski down. With the snow getting heavier at lower elevations, the ski down with 50 lb packs proved exciting, but we finally made it out to the trailhead. A skier driving by quickly picked us up and we hitched our way back to the Glacier Lodge where we began to dry out.
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