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Day 8 – Asshole Trees

Distance: 6.7 miles

Vertical: 2000'

The Avalanche Report this morning rated the avalanche danger high and did not recommend travel in avalanche terrain. Tree skiing?

Asshole Trees is a pretty safe area to ski when the avalanche danger is high. There was about 12″ of new, upside down snow, heavy on top and lighter underneath. It made trail breaking difficult but not awful. As is often the case, snow like this feels heavy and slow when you walk through it skis pretty well.

The problem is that it’s a bit early for tree skiing. Like everywhere in the West, we have a lot of downed timber due to beetle kill, and it takes about 5 feet of snow to cover it up enough to ski through it. We did OK though and found opens lines between all the bumps, keeping our tips.

Overall, it was a lovely. We kept to the safer, low angle terrain, and it snowed hard all day. This heavy, moist snow is a great base builder. It’s supposed to get colder this weekend. In a few days, this wet, heavy snow will dry out and probably turn into some very nice powder.

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