We parked at the Pine Basin Lodge entrance and skinned up the ridge on the south side of No Cut Timber Canyon. As long as we were climbing, we felt fairly comfortable in the low temps but we didn’t want to stand around too long or leave fingers exposed!
While skinning the ridge, we noted that south facing slopes had a variable thickness wind slab over a crust while the northern facing slopes still held soft powder. We opted to ski a NE facing ridge/slope from about 7500′ on the ridge back down into No Cut Timber. Our pit showed that the new snow on top had not slabbed up and that the snow beneath was very stable. The skiing showed it to be so, with no sloughing or other signs of instability.