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  1. #201
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    Sonora Pass is now open to Kennedy Meadows!

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    Hwy 4 update - snowblowers are near Hermit Valley - about 10 miles east of Lake Alpine - a few miles west of Highland Lakes Road

  3. #203
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    word from the turnout is that HWY 108 will open over Sonora Pass on Wednesday April 24

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    ^^^^a thing like that. hoping that snow sticks around for May 11th-ish. Might be my next window to get out.

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    dude - there will be snow - if you are coming this way you'd damn well better get ahold of me - I'll be itching to ski - family friendly compound here - easy camping at KM or on the Pass - bring the wives

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    Mike, still looking good for Sonora Pass to open this Wed? Probably won't happen early enough to hit Leavitt Peak? Wondering if there's a snowbridge stil at the hairpin Blue Canyon pullout.

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    As far as I know Wed is the day. Usually noon, but we hit it at 0900 a few years back. Unknown about Leavitt and snowbridge. Have not seen any pics or heard 1st hand from folks on the road lately. I'll likely be waiting at the gate Wed. Maybe ski Thu? Planning to ski with the family Sat Sun Mon. Krystal might be ready for s mellow tour. Owen needs to try out his new skinz

  8. #208
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    Thanks, Mike, doubt I'll make it Wed, but maybe this weekend. If so, I'll look for you. PT Cruiser, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopelesslyadolescent View Post
    Thanks, Mike, doubt I'll make it Wed, but maybe this weekend. If so, I'll look for you. PT Cruiser, right?
    Yes, he still drives the PT. Metalic purple with fuzzy dice on the rear view. Can't miss it.

  10. #210
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    Still saying closed for 108. I really want to try to get a day trip up to Leavitt etc maybe mid-week since I'll have childcare. Any interest soon? I may go for the easy ski at Alpine this Sunday. Just ideas...I probably should just go back to work now.

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    Edit: just got verbal confirmation that they opened the gate at noon.

    Game on.

  12. #212
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    is the access to leavitt portal from the very top of the pass?

    i' ve never skied it, and I'm thinking of hitting it tomorrow?

    anyone knows how long out takes from the car to the peak?

    I'm in average condition (skin about 1200 ft per hour over the long haul).

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post
    is the access to leavitt portal from the very top of the pass?

    i' ve never skied it, and I'm thinking of hitting it tomorrow?

    anyone knows how long out takes from the car to the peak?

    I'm in average condition (skin about 1200 ft per hour over the long haul).

    thanks

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    I want to say it took us around 3-3.5 hours to get to the top of the peak from the pass, we weren't moving particularly quickly and one person in our group was on skins for only the 2nd time in their life. There also wasn't much dirt hiking on the PCT on the backside of the first saddle, probably a little more would be necessary this year with the low snow levels.

    Any beta on how the Blue Canyon exit looks and how filled in the Y is would be much appreciated.

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    OK, so....

    Looks like Krystal Kartwright is up for a mellow tour off the pass tomorrow. We need to drop the kiddo at school at 0800, so we won't be up there until after 10.

    Probably later than you'd want, but if anyone wanted to drop a vehicle at Blue Canyon and ride up to the pass with us we could do that.

    Also, I'm willing to shuttle you up the hill if you leave a vehicle at the pass and need a ride back up. Timing could be tough, but I'm willing to try.

    I'm always on the lookout for folks with packs. PCT hikers might get a ride to Bridgeport.

    Traded in the PT Cruiser for a crazy looking pop-up on a Ford pickemuptruck.

    Friday solo so far.

    Sat and Sun should be family 1 day, solo another. MTW next week look good.

    PM for rides or a place to crash.

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    The skis are crying to get out, If only! Make sure to post pictures!

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    I'm planning on a recon dusk patrol tomorrow. I'll post any photos that turn out if there is enough light. (There should be with the full moon.)

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    Let's try to get together in the next couple weeks Vets.

    Leavitt Lake?

    Saddlebaggery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by telemike View Post
    Edit: just got verbal confirmation that they opened the gate at noon.

    Game on.
    Looks like I was wrong (and shocked).
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    Quote Originally Posted by telemike View Post
    Let's try to get together in the next couple weeks Vets.

    Leavitt Lake?

    Saddlebaggery?
    They both sound good to do as soon as roads open. Add Ebbetts to the to-do list too.

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    Ebbetts opened today.

    Sonora Pass was great. Coverage is good. Should be in play for a while. Y looked pretty good from the road. Snowbridge looks a bit sketchy but plenty doable for now. Pics later.

    Sounds like a snomo crew I know will be camping and bwaaping west of the Pass all weekend. I'm always down for some towmo laps. Bridgeport winter rec area closed, so it should be quieter on the east side.

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  22. #222
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    I'll be up there tomorrow. I think I was just sorta given permission to spend the night and ski Saturday, too! Maybe I heard her wrong... Family touring and jump building day Sunday.

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    tried to ski the y couloir yesterday. pretty frozen.

    parked at the first hairpin west of the summit, skinned up the drainage, skis on all the way

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    That was me rolling by you.

    Skiing was good on all aspects off NoName today.

    Binding worries sent me home this afternoon. Weekend plans are a fart in a windstorm at the moment.

    Sled crew well established in meadow pullout just west of the pass. Mucho bwaap bwaap this weekend. Be warned.

    LL road gate closed. Everything looks good back there.
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    I thought you were the scruffy looking fellow with a pretty woman driving by.

    what's good and steep there that's south or east facing.

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