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Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:21 pm
Much like the day before at Sunshine: intermittent sunshine, high temp somewhere around the mid teens, and 2-4 inches of dust on ... a soft, packed-powder base, on all aspects (including the south-facing Ptarmigan area) and at all elevations (right down to the front-side base). There was plenty of ankle-deep untracked snow to be found in the tree islands and on some of the further-out chutes and back bowls. Coverage is excellent and the Whitehorn and Paradise chutes are almost ridiculously filled in.
In the morning, we did a couple of laps off of the summit platter where my daughter and I worked on powder skills in the single-black diamond trails adjacent to Boomerang: Upper Boomerang, Little Pipestone, Shoulder Roll, and Brown Shirt.
After lunch at Temple Lodge, we skied several runs off Larch where we worked on our bump technique.
While it was mostly sunny on the backside all day, it was cloudy with flurries on the front side most of the day. We had to work hard to find any of the usual ice on the front side.
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:43 am
flyover wrote:We had to work hard to find any of the usual ice on the front side.
The front side/back side dichotomy at LL is interesting, although the terrain alongside the summit platter is fun and feels closer to the back side. This is based on fading memories of my only visit there 11 years ago.
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:50 am
The terrain alongside the Summit platter is indeed fun, but exposed to wind and sun so you need to get lucky with that. I have never seen bad snow in thOse backside chutes. Rocks yes, but not bad snow!
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