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    Good patchskiing to be had on Jones Pass still:

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    That looks like a fun place to be.

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    Forestdale Patches, July 9, 2017
    When I did a recon mission on some of the Forestdale Patches on June 30th I noticed that there were many other patches available to ski. So I returned with my friend MJ to explore some more. We were able to park in the first little lot above Forestdale Creek and then we headed up between the Left Patch and the Left of the Left Patch. When we reached the top we saw that the backside of Forestdale Divide was still holding a lot of snow.

    Vets skiing a backside patch near Forestdale Divide.
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    MJ
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    Vets skiing another run on a backside patch near Forestdale Divide with "Forestdale Peak" in the background.
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    MJ skiing the Left of the Left Patch.
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    Vets skiing down the gully.
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    MJ skiing down the gully below the Left of the Left Patch and the Left Patch.
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    A fantastic day. Since there are many more patches to ski up at Forestdale Divide, future return trips are certain.

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    The Nipple, July 11, 2017

    Blue Lakes Road is open! (11 miles in instead of 7 miles in.) Time to enjoy the snow with Makisha and Penny on a recon dusk patrol skiing mission on The Nipple.

    Makisha and Penny below The Nipple.
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    Makisha with Lower Blue Lake in the background.
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    Self-timer photo (1 of 3) Penny waiting patiently.
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    Self-timer photo (2 of 3) Makisha really wants us to get going.
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    Self-timer photo (3 of 3) Our third run can be seen in the background - the steep slope in front of my face.
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    A successful recon mission. Since the snow was great and there were plenty of other lines to ski, I would return here the next two days making this Part I of the Three Consecutive Days at The Nipple Trilogy.

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    The Nipple, July 12, 2017 (Part II of the Three Consecutive Days at The Nipple Trilogy)

    Yesterday, The Nipple, July 11, 2017 (Part I of the Three Consecutive Days at The Nipple Trilogy), the skiing was so good, and since more looked so good, I returned for more time on the snow with Makisha and Penny.

    Looking up at the East Ridge of The Nipple.
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    Penny and Makisha near the top of The Nipple.
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    Self-timer photo. Penny waiting patiently.
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    Self-timer photo. Penny, Makisha, and Vets.
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    Here is a four minute long edit of our second run.



    Since the snow was still great and there were plenty of other lines to ski, I would return here the next day.

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    Highland Lakes are open for business. After helping a 4x4 dig out of the only formidable snow drift on the road, everybody in a four wheel drive with some clearance made it to the lakes. Couple more warm days and traffic in and out and any car you don't care too much about should make it in just fine. Only had time to ski the northfacing snowfield on Hiram, which was nice and smooth as usual. Didn't have a chance to check out the other side of Hiram or Folger. Appears they're both holding plenty of snow; only question is whether it's smooth or runnelled or somewhere inbetween.

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    Thank you for the detailed update. I know what has moved to the top of this week's to-do list.

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    Lost Lakes and The Nipple, July 13, 2017 (Part III of the Three Consecutive Days at The Nipple Trilogy)

    Completing the three consecutive days skiing trilogy involved adding another skier, Dookey67, as well as another relatively nearby location, Lost Lakes.

    Makisha watches Dookey67 hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail below The Nipple.
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    Hiking further out would lead us to Lost Lakes.
    A panorama with Makisha and Penny chilling above Lost Lakes.
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    Vets, Makisha and Penny start on our first run of the day.
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    Dookey67 on our first run of the day.
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    Makisha watches Dookey67 bootpack up for our second run above Lost Lakes.
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    Dookey67 skiing with Dookey67 above Lost Lakes on this photomerge panorama (made from six images.)
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    Dookey67 skiing above Lost Lakes (just one this time.)
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    Vets, Makisha and Penny above Lost Lakes.
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    Dookey67 skiing on a ridge above Lost Lakes.
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    Next, we headed back and skied the "Boreal" patch.
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    Penny, Makisha, and Stev starting down a Near East Ridge Run on The Nipple.
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    Dookey67 spraying corn snow on a Near East Ridge Run on The Nipple...
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    ...and skiing into the sunset...
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    It was a lot of fun completing the Three Consecutive Days at The Nipple Trilogy. There was smooth corn snow along with a great variety of ski runs to enjoy.

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    Relay Peak Road Patches, July 19, 2017

    On July 19th Dookey67 and I found some relatively easy access snow patches above and below the Relay Peak Road. It only took 25 minutes to get to the snow from the Mt. Rose Highway Summit.

    We skied two different lines. The first offered some separated patches above the road that nearly connected with a longer patch below the road. We were able to leave our skis on to sidestep down to the next patch.

    Dookey67 heading down the lower portion of our first run.
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    Vets on the lower portion of our first run.
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    Vets bootpacking back up.
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    On our way back the next line offered a longer continuous upper patch with more than the width of the road separating it from the lower patch. We did have to take our skis off between the upper and lower patches here.

    Vets starting down our third run with Chickadee Ridge in the background.
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    Dookey67 angling down.
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    Dookey67 about to weave through a little glade.
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    We easily found quality snow as well as a place to return to in the future.

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