(Last Updated On: July 20, 2012)
Kim and I awoke after a restless sleep. It was one of those nights where “the list” kept running through my mind. Did I have my crampons? Ski crampons? Skins? Ice axe? Food? Was it really already to go? It was 2:30 and we began going through the routine of making breakfast and preparing for the day.
We began hiking from Bunny Flat at 3:30. In order to follow snow, we veered early on from the main trail and followed a cairn which led us to the true Avalanche Gulch. We were above treeline at the first signs of twilight.
The final summit block was full of rimey snow. While great for climbing, it makes for poor (and possibly dangerous) ski conditions. So, we left our skis at the bottom of the block, making the last push without our packs.
But the best skiing by far was still to be had. We made the traverse and short climb up to the top of the Trinity Chutes. Untouched in the last few days, the snow was wonderfully smooth. And we were hitting it at the perfect time of day for fantastic corn. Kim.
Along the way we captured some GoPro footage using the chestie cam. Kim did not have holes in her helmet to hook up the camera as a helmet cam. Yes, there is a bit more movement in the video because we used this system, but it’s still worthy of sharing.
After skiing nearly 7000′, and within a quarter mile of the car, we couldn’t help but having smiles all over our faces. Completely satisfied, we were amazed that we were rewarded with such a perfect day. All of our plans had come together with perfect timing. We couldn’t ask for a better Shasta ski day!
Thanks to Kim for joining me on this fantastic adventure!
Links to Other Reports from this Trip:
From SLC to Shasta
Shasta Ski (14 June 2012)
Shastarama Ski (16 June 2012)
Lassen Peak – Closing a Volcano
Oregon Days Off
Mount Hood (19 June 2012)
Mount Adams (20 June 2012)
Mt. St. Helens (21 June 2012)
From the Gorge to Craters