Ok, here is a video filling in the visual details of today’s ski of Mt. Baldy by Heather, Dean, Morris and myself.
We approached by way of the direct south ridge to the summit for a long grunt of close to 3.5 miles and 4500′ of elevation gain.
The top was compacted wind scour with some interesting rime features but we quickly dropped into soft, deep powder on the south rim of the prominent west gully and floated on down that for almost 2000′.
We dropped over towards the gully to see what it offered but it is deep and steep sided, a major terrain trap! We stayed out of it as long as possible and only dropped in at the very bottom.
We encountered the obligatory brush-thrash, which is pretty much a requirement for our adventures, for about a half mile but eventually discovered an ATV trail that we followed on out.
We contoured over the fields for about 1.5 miles to return to the car, with most of that being a downhill glide.
It was a taxing day but there were smiles all around as we headed for Swan Valley and the chocolate milk recovery drink!