>New Year’s Day on Sunny Stouts Mt


Rick and I figured a BC ski outing would be a marvelous way to start the new year and skiing something on Stouts Mountain above Pine Creek seemed the place to do it! We started up fairly late to let the thermometer creep above zero… which it barely did!

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.
We had a very pleasant 1000′ vertical run on an open, Mountain Mahogany covered, slope with minimal brush-thrashing at the bottom! var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push([‘_setAccount’, ‘UA-16581227-2’]); _gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’]); (function() { var ga = document.createElement(‘script’); ga.type = ‘text/javascript’; ga.async = true; ga.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://ssl’ : ‘http://www’) + ‘.google-analytics.com/ga.js’; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();




4 responses to “>New Year’s Day on Sunny Stouts Mt

  1. >Total hard guys. As in frozen. Hard. I see it turned out a fairly nice day up there. Sure started out nasty. Regardless of temps, you looked like you enjoyed yourselves.Anyone ever tell you that they think you are crazy? I get it all the time. "Man, you are crazy."It's good to be crazy!

  2. >Heather, the temps weren't that unbearable because the sun was shining and there was only an occasional breeze; any wind would have made it another story!JB, my gracious wife is inured to my prediliction for fresh air and outdoor activity but I definitely get the "you're crazy" from others!Mark, next time, you're with us!!!

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