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  1. #876
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    Not open, and if I had to guess, wonít be open until July. The Emigrant Pass/Devastated Area trailhead is your best bet, and Iíd say the climb is plenty doable in 3 hours, particularly if someone has already set a bootpack. The ski down and exit is fairly quick


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeeze View Post
    Not open, and if I had to guess, won’t be open until July. The Emigrant Pass/Devastated Area trailhead is your best bet, and I’d say the climb is plenty doable in 3 hours, particularly if someone has already set a bootpack. The ski down and exit is fairly quick


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    Ok sweet, thanks. I'll plan for that then. Appreciate it!

  3. #878
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    Quote Originally Posted by thejongiest View Post
    I was just going to do Avy gulch, but may be in for some other routes. Time is limited though, so may just have to go the easy way...
    It's no easier or harder than other routes. It's a big cone, not a lot of variety. I personally think the chutes to AG is the best ski too, YMMV.
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  4. #879
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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    Ok sweet, thanks. I'll plan for that then. Appreciate it!
    Yeah, driving to the devastated area parking and climbing the north side is the standard approach until the road to the south is open, which probably wonít be for a while. The route is about 4 miles and 4kí. Recent reports were that there was snow almost to the parking lot so minimal bushwhacking. Even when thereís not snow itís not too bad. With snow the approach is pretty obvious.

    I might possibly be there too on Friday but I havenít toured in a month and have shit fitness right now so it would take me more than three hours for sure. Itís a pretty rad ski, enjoy.

  5. #880
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    No showers for 4 weeks. Head into town once a week for laundry and a hot meal. Every weekend I'd have friends visit me and we'd get some turns. I remember camping in what used to be a meadow - just below, what is now - the North Gate TH and having a herd of elk sleep all around the tent. I could hear them breathing. Woke up and found them to be just wandering about, completely ignoring me. You'll have a great time! I'll be up in a few weeks. Post up with trailhead access if you can. Jealous!
    Man, I don't know if I can go four weeks without a shower but I'll give it my best shot. The sheep sound real interesting, that would definitely freak me out. And I'll definitely be posting pics and access updates as I go along.

  6. #881
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    Sheep?? Ha!

  7. #882
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    Quote Originally Posted by PB View Post
    Sheep?? Ha!
    Hahaha damn, I read it as elk sheep. Elk sheep, the official sheep of Telos and Lemuria.

  8. #883
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    I'm usually up at Shasta by now, but the Coast Range is still going off.
    One more trip to the Yolla Bolly's then planning to head to Shasta the second week of June.
    How far up is the snow line at North Gate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    I'm usually up at Shasta by now, but the Coast Range is still going off.
    One more trip to the Yolla Bolly's then planning to head to Shasta the second week of June.
    How far up is the snow line at North Gate?
    https://www.shastaavalanche.org/clim...otlumbolam-10k

    Sounds like itís pretty low right now

  10. #885
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    My son told me he his heading up tomorrow around 10 pm. going to climb up one side ski down to bunny flats meet his friend around 6 am. than they are going to climb that side and ski back to his car. I have no idea what this entails. but if you see someone moving around in the middle of the night say hi.
    off your knees Louie

  11. #886
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    I'm usually up at Shasta by now, but the Coast Range is still going off.
    One more trip to the Yolla Bolly's then planning to head to Shasta the second week of June.
    How far up is the snow line at North Gate?
    Tell me more about coast range skiing?!

  12. #887
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    I've been skiing the Mendocino National Forest the past 25 years.
    I put up a guide to skiing the Mendo. Nat'l Forest awhile back.
    http://earnyourturns.com/3878/ccsp-guide-2-mendocino/
    There is a link to that article on my YouTube.
    Explore the links in my signature...

  13. #888
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    Changed my mind. Too warm for the Coast Range.
    Skied Shasta on Tueday, June 4th. North Gate TH is open. Drifts in the woods just above the trailhead. Hiked up for about an hour to skin-able snow.
    42į at the trailhead @3am.
    42į at 10, 872' @ 10am.
    Perfect corn when I dropped in and then a little firm on the lower section where the slope faced more to the west.
    Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/2425182232
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  14. #889
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    Quote Originally Posted by jegsmith View Post
    Tell me more about coast range skiing?!
    To answer your question a little more - Mendocino National Forest is the perfect place to ski in the winter. The snow pack experiences spring-like conditions every few days.
    So the risk of avalanches is very low. I've never seen evidence of one in the 25 years I've skied there.
    Perfectly smooth corn snow all winter.
    Hull Mountain offers the most terrain closest to your vehicle. But there is good skiing at numerous peaks in the Forest.
    If you drive up the 5 and look to your left (west) - those are the peaks. Still snow covered now.
    South Yolla Bolly (Mt. Linn) is the tallest peak. It looked pretty buried in snow on my drive up to Shasta the past few days.
    Perfect place for 'wheelin' and skiing!

  15. #890
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    sounds like shasta was awesome yesterday for cody and the fifty project crew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Changed my mind. Too warm for the Coast Range.
    Skied Shasta on Tueday, June 4th. North Gate TH is open. Drifts in the woods just above the trailhead. Hiked up for about an hour to skin-able snow.
    42į at the trailhead @3am.
    42į at 10, 872' @ 10am.
    Perfect corn when I dropped in and then a little firm on the lower section where the slope faced more to the west.
    Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/2425182232
    Pics and video are up.
    Links in my signature.
    Video looks good. Nice chatting with you at the trail head.

  17. #892
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    Ah! That was you...Good to meet you! Hope you got some good turns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Ah! That was you...Good to meet you! Hope you got some good turns.
    Got some turns in. Extended our trip by a day and literally ran off the mountain this morning after getting pounded by the wind all night last night. Good humbling experience. Good thing I have the rest of the month to get some better turns in.

  19. #894
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    Lassen this morning
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    Only about a 1/4 mile to consistent snow. Suncups down low are manageable...for now

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    A couple of obvious crowns and avalanches
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    Booter was sweet
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    Skiing was fun
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  20. #895
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Gillis View Post
    Got some turns in. Extended our trip by a day and literally ran off the mountain this morning after getting pounded by the wind all night last night. Good humbling experience. Good thing I have the rest of the month to get some better turns in.
    Ha! That's how the Lemurians role.
    I'll be up there on Monday/skiing Tuesday.
    Bringing a friend, so not sure how quick we will be...
    Should have recognized your van from your post earlier.
    Those North Gate Chutes are a great run. Fun climbing!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOkNL_wzuLw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ZWY_Ee3y0

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Ha! That's how the Lemurians role.
    I'll be up there on Monday/skiing Tuesday.
    Bringing a friend, so not sure how quick we will be...
    Should have recognized your van from your post earlier.
    Those North Gate Chutes are a great run. Fun climbing!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOkNL_wzuLw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ZWY_Ee3y0
    Damn the climbing looked intense that year haha, what are you guys gonna ski Tuesday?

  22. #897
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    Where are those chutes?

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  23. #898
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post
    Where are those chutes?
    Here is a Google Earth pic with my gps track from last Tuesday.
    Followed the trail up (left track) and on up the moraine. Right track is my descent.
    The North Gate Chutes can be seen from the trailhead - circled in red.
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    Searching 'North Gate Chutes' on my Flickr brings up these images from over the years.
    https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_...tes&view_all=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Gillis View Post
    Damn the climbing looked intense that year haha, what are you guys gonna ski Tuesday?
    Not sure. There is also another route on the lower road heading closer to the east side.
    I call it the Inconstance Creek TH.
    Head up directly to the North Gate Chutes or take a left line, hugging the Inconstance Creek drainage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Not sure. There is also another route on the lower road heading closer to the east side.
    I call it the Inconstance Creek TH.
    Head up directly to the North Gate Chutes or take a left line, hugging the Inconstance Creek drainage.
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    Iím up on the road to the clear creek trail head now. At about 5800 feet before getting blocked by some snow. Heading up tomorrow for a two dayer. Will post results when I get back.

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