|Leah skiing on Stormy Joe above Bass Lake.|
|The view from the approach to Bass Lake.|
|Skinning to Chute de Bleu on the first day. Photo: James Tricker.|
|Taking in the view. Photo: James Tricker.|
|Sunset over St. Mary peak and the Heavenly Twins.|
To our surprise, the second day dawned blustery and cloudy, so we had a relaxed morning at camp before heading straight for the striking Spurge couloir. After sniffing out the entrance, were treated to chalky snow in the gut of the couloir, and everyone emerged at the bottom in good spirits. Next up was the vast east face of Bass peak. We climbed to the saddle between the North and South summits, and skied endless rolling terrain down to the drainage, navigating the complex cliff bands at the bottom. If only there had been powder. From there, James headed back to camp, and Leah, Blake and I spent the remaining daylight bowl bouncing, skiing the second bowl of the Bass bowl bounce tour and Ben&Al's groove tube, as well as a second lap in the Spurge for Blake. Back at camp, we spent an enjoyable evening of eating and drinking, swapping stories, and retiring early for a full night of sleep.
|Blake sleeping at sunrise on his beloved bed of pine boughs.|
|Leah skiing the Spurge. Photo: James Tricker.|
|Good times in camp. Photo: James Tricker.|
After bumping our packs about a mile down canyon, James and Blake skied out while Leah, Jeffrey, and I climbed one of the big avalanche paths on the south side of Big St. Joseph peak. We hit our turn around time about 400 vertical feet below the top of the run, and reluctantly decided to call it a day. The ensuing run was also superb, with good corn and interesting skiing. The egress was a little sparky and icy, but we were at the car soon enough, reflecting on a wonderful weekend of perfect weather and good skiing with friends.
|Frosty approach to Stormy Joe. We skied the snow stripe just |
looker's left of the prominent left buttress system.
|Jeffrey skiing corn on Stormy Joe.|
|Hard at work on a steep track on St. Joseph peak.|
|Leah ripping on St. Joseph peak.|
|Brian trying to ski as well as Leah on St. Joseph peak.|