Bring on Spring Skiing!

February 25th, 2017 in High Camp Happenings

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Well we are moving into one of the best times of the year for back country skiing! Long daylight hours and corn snow make for wonderful adventures in March and April. We have good midweek availability in March and April…with a few weekend opportunities for lodging still open. Check our booking calendar for  availability. Remember in April kids are have free lodging at all times and the rates are generally cheaper!

Lake Julius from the gateway to the High Meadows

This is the time to head to the High Meadows! For most people it is a long day trip so hours of daylight are appreciated. There is just more time to enjoy the trip there and back and to also yoyo ski a few slopes along the way. The traditional route is to head to Lake Julius and ski right across it then follow skiers right of the outlet up the ridge to Loch Eileen. Then you cross the creek and climb skiers left above the lake and continue climbing into the meadows. You will find a great hill for yo yo skiing at the top of the steep climb out of Loch Eileen. If weather is iffy or timing is close this is a great place to play before you turn around and head back. It is always best to take a conservative look at conditions to make sure you are safe in the back country. You can have a wonderful day of skiing even if you turn around at this point.

If you have given yourself an early start, with conditions and weather in your favor, continue into the High Meadows. There are two high points to consider for your destination:  Baldy or Tamarack; on perfect days you can even do both! Tamarack has north facing slopes and holds good powder. Baldy has east facing slopes that corn up nicely. So consider the aspect when deciding where to play. This area is big and beautiful no matter where you end up!

Tamarack Peak and ridge from Baldy

Climbing up to Baldy

So the 2017 ski season is still in its prime with long days and awesome snow still to come. Plan a trip and enjoy the back country safely!

Christine

Skiing through Larch in the High Meadows