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Katie and I went out on our first snow adventure of the season together today. Even though the weather forecast was not great, we were both happy to be out doing what we love. We decided to head to White River Sno-Park (off hwy 35) to ski and snowshoe up to Boy Scout Ridge. This hike is about 2-2.5 miles (~1,800' elevation gain) depending on how far up you go and can have great views when the sun is out. The last time we were here was about two years ago on another poor weather day.
We arrived at White River Sno-Park around 8:30 AM to find only a few other vehicles already there. The roads were icy on the way up and there looked to be lots of fresh snow around. I was excited to finally have enough snow to ski. The temperature was about 30°F with foggy, low visibility conditions. Even though the temperature was just below freezing, there was unfortunately a light drizzle coming down. It was still better than sitting at home and all the fresh snow made what we could see very beautiful.
We set off, Katie on snowshoes and me on skis. The fresh snow was thick and deep, but we could still make out the defined track toward Boy Scout Ridge.
It continued to drizzle as we climbed higher and higher. We paused occasionally to take pictures and enjoy the snow scape.
Visibility decreased even further and before we realized it, we were at the base of the steep gully up to Boy Scout Ridge. The snow became very deep and eventually too steep for me to continue skinning up. I had to take my skis off and secure them to my pack while Katie broke trail to make it easier for me in my ski boots. I still ended up sinking nearly to my waist every few steps. It was slow going until I made it to the top where Katie was waiting for me.
Right as we neared the top, the weather began to improve. We even saw blue sky. Unfortunately it was just a tease and the fog and drizzle soon returned.
The wind picked up once we were on the ridge. We decided to only go a little further since there was nothing to see. The snow was melting off all the trees and the wet conditions made skiing pretty slow. I didn't even need skins to go uphill.
We turned around and headed back down. We ran into several other people happy to also be out in the snow. Once down lower, we found shelter from the wind and enjoyed hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and snacks.
We had a great time even with all the wet snow. It was nice to finally see some accumulation down near the sno-parks. Winter will soon be in full force and we'll be back to enjoy it.
Osprey Variant 37 Pack
Deuter Futura 32 Pack
HighGear ATF8 Altimeter
Komperdell Powerlock Trekking Poles
Atlas Electra 9 FRS Snowshoes
Grivel G12 Crampons
CamelBak Antidote 70 oz. w/Insulated Drinking Tube
Petzl TIKKA XP 2 Headlamp
Olympus Tough TG-1 Camera
Garmont Axon G-Fit High AT Boot
K2 BackUp Skis (160 cm) w/Dynafit TLT Vertical ST Bindings
K2 Climbing Skins
Marmot Expedition Mitts
Marmot Big Mountain Gloves
Head Digital Sport Liner Gloves
Columbia Sportswear Men's Ultrachange Parka
Columbia Sportswear Women's Alpine Aliance Parka
Merrell Women's Whiteout 8 Winter Boots
Head Outlast Women's Gloves
Triple Star Packable Down Hooded Jacket
Mountain Hardwear Transition Jacket
Outdoor Research TrailBreaker Pants™
Seirus Ultra Clava
Columbia Men's Fast Trek Fleece Hat
First Aid Kit
Suunto A-10 Compass