Early Season Turns on Hwy 93N

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On Saturday (Nov.18th) Max, James and I went out to the parkway in search of some early season turns. Our original destination for the day was the Pulpit, but plans changed after seeing that Hector lake was not frozen. We decided to fall back on Sugar Bowl near Bow Summit ski area. Coverage was good down low for travel and the ascent up the creek is shaping up nicely (still open water in some spots). Below treeline the winds were calm but moderate to strong gusts and the affects of wind transport were noticeable in the alpine.

James and Max taking a look at what the snowpack is saying.

James and Max taking a look at what the snowpack is saying.

Overall, really great riding conditions and decent coverage for this time of year. Looking forward to lots more days like this!

Entering the Sugar Bowl basin

Entering the Sugar Bowl basin

We skied laps on a short (~150m) North aspect shoulder of the bowl which was relatively sheltered from the winds and had some really great snow. We dug a snowpit and from what we saw were worried about slab propagation on the Halloween crust (which had completely faceted out), so we stayed clear of steep open slopes. The tree skiing was great and there was a short section with some fun boulders!

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Just enough coverage to get some air in the boulder field

Just enough coverage to get some air in the boulder field