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  1. #776
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    Once the snow level gets to bottom of the ramp up to the Hotlum Hotel (the big hump with the spring that splits the HW route drainage, on top of which everyone camps) the snow retreat really slows down. However the transformation to suncups and penetentes really picks up at that point ...

    I think if you go with low expectations for quality turns and Type 2 fun below 11k then you will have fun
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    "Strapping myself to a sitski built with 30lb of metal and fibreglass then trying to water ski in it sounds like a stupid idea to me.

    I'll be there."
    ... Andy Campbell

  2. #777
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    From today


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    "Strapping myself to a sitski built with 30lb of metal and fibreglass then trying to water ski in it sounds like a stupid idea to me.

    I'll be there."
    ... Andy Campbell

  3. #778
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  4. #779
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    If anyone happens to be up on the south side, lemme know if you run across an Arcteryx shell that looks like so:



    Lost it up there first weekend of June. Well, maybe "lost" isn't the right word. More like the Lemuirans stole it. I think they were pissed about my butt-naked chute descent!



    OTOH, streaking past all the surprised campers at Helen Lake was, uh, liberating so to speak.

    This was like 3 weeks ago so the south side it probably close to done unless you like a lot of dry hiking, though I gotta say the snow up high was impressively good.

    Left some of my mom's ashes up there, so I can visit her from time to time.



    Got splitboot??



    The road to old ski bowl was still closed at Bunny Flat (supposed to open in a week), but the road was clear. I discovered that my e-skateboard can blaze up that road no problem... hmm, ideas for future missions... Anyway old ski bowl area was also melting out down low, probably a lot more now, here's what it looked like then:



    Bike trail was in great shape. Sport #2 for the day. All riders were fully clothed.



    Ended at the skate park, for sport #3. Good times.


  5. #780
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    Ha! Nice jimw!
    Got some POV of your liberating descent?
    Wanna see the looks on everyones faces at Lake Helen.

  6. #781
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    Thanks for the post Jim and am sorry to hear your mom finally passed, cool you have a special place to visit her, did the same with some of my wife’s ashes.

    We should ride bikes again soon!

  7. #782
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    lassen looking nice with snow to the road. sorry for the big picture this never works right

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  8. #783
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    ^ when was that pic taken emcee?
    It looked a lot worse than that on Wednesday afternoon
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    "Strapping myself to a sitski built with 30lb of metal and fibreglass then trying to water ski in it sounds like a stupid idea to me.

    I'll be there."
    ... Andy Campbell

  9. #784
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    my pic was from last Monday, 6/18 on my way up to Canada. Can that meltoff even happen in 48hrs??

  10. #785
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    Well, according to the evidence ...
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    "Strapping myself to a sitski built with 30lb of metal and fibreglass then trying to water ski in it sounds like a stupid idea to me.

    I'll be there."
    ... Andy Campbell

  11. #786
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    Oh shit j dub! Hopefully no butt checks down trinity chutes.

    Lassen got 2-3 inches of fresh last week. That could explain it.

  12. #787
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    Anyone been up to either peak in the last week or so? I'm looking to eke out some last turns for the season. Any beta would be much appreciated.

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    Lassen / Shasta Conditions Anyone?

    I hit Wintun Hotlum from Brewer Creek last Wednesday. The top 3,000 ft was still really good. Around 2,000 ft of sun cups makes for an exciting ending but well worth it in my opinion. Snow started right around 9,000ft, about 1.5 hours from the trailhead, although boot packing proved faster for the majority of the climb. If you get a good freeze overnight ski crampons are a huge help.

  14. #789
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    Quote Originally Posted by CelebratedSkier View Post
    I hit Wintun Hotlum from Brewer Creek last Wednesday. The top 3,000 ft was still really good. Around 2,000 ft of sun cups makes for an exciting ending but well worth it in my opinion. Snow started right around 9,000ft, about 1.5 hours from the trailhead, although boot packing proved faster for the majority of the climb. If you get a good freeze overnight ski crampons are a huge help.
    Thanks for the beta!

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