Early December Report from Coyote and Tornak Huts
We are just returning from a hut to hut tour between Coyote Yurts and the Tornak Hut. While the valley approaches are relatively thin snow, it is quite supportable and allows for quick and easy skinning. Once above 8500′, the snowpack gets deeper and we were finding good to very good boot-top powder skiing on cold aspects (East-North-Northwest) and even skied a run of corn on the south bowl of Fox Peak. Yep, corn in December! The Thanksgiving rains, early December powder and the past 2 weeks of high pressure (with inverted temperatures) have made for some of the most unique early December ski conditions we have seen. The snowpack and ski conditions resemble spring-just thinner. It’s not really a bad thing, although we would welcome a 3 foot storm of cold smoke! Skinning is easy, the pack is supportable and the stability is generally good. We are seeing snow depths of around 1 meter above 8500′ in this zone (on cold slopes) and around 50-60cm of supportable melt/freeze (corn!?) on warmer aspects. Both Coyote and Tornak Huts are looking great and awaiting more skiers to enjoy their cozy confines. The new sauna at Tornak Hut is fantastic! Laying on the top Sauna bench while gazing out the window and catching the alpinglow lighting up the Boulder Mountains is quite a way to top off a ski day. Come on Up!
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