Testing Jewel

Word on the street was that there was a foot and a half of powder on Jewel Glacier.  It was a little too appealing to pass up for a recovery weekend. So Andrew and I broke out the fatties and the skins to go confirm the rumors. We found a few cars with questionable ditch parking spots on Crow Creek Road but we were able to drive all the way to the parking lot.  Coverage was thin but enough to start skiing right from the parking lot.

Glimpses of blue sky on the way up to Crow Pass.
Glimpses of blue sky on the way up to Crow Pass.
Traversing Across
Its hard work lifting those big skis.

The tracks made decisions nice.  We had easy paths to follow as we realized we really had no idea where we were headed.  The lovely hints of blue that appear earlier gave way to 50 foot visibility with limited contrast between the snow and the sky.  The skin tracks lead to some nice skiing, a lovely overlook of the milk glacier, and a whole party of people.

Up on top of the ridge.
Up on top of the ridge.
Andrew's new backpack had not arrive yet.  Thus walking through the rocks wasn't that much fun.
Andrew’s new backpack had not arrived yet. Thus walking through the rocks wasn’t that much fun.

Our legs and feet were not quite up to the task of skiing downhill.  One run had our legs shaking.  Thus it was time to head out.  We tested out the hardness of the P-tex on the way down and added a few new deep scratches.  Next time hopefully snow will be a little deeper and our legs will be able to last a bit longer.

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