In mid June, a cold front passed through the Cascades, bringing freezing levels down to 6000 - 7000'. Normally this time of year, I write-off powder, because I consider the likelihood of getting good snow just as likely as finding dangerous transitional conditions. On 6/19/2016, it appeared there would be a brief opportunity to find winter snow before temperatures heated up. With the Drew, Stratton, and Juan as the crew, we got an alpine start and climbed Mt. Adams under the moonlight.
Full moon hikes are my favorite. What a beautiful morning. The boys...
By sunrise we were nearing Pikers Peak. Colorful sunrise, Mt. Hood, the Mountain Shadow.
We reached the summit by 7am. Summit pano to the North.
The snow was looking good. Wintery pow. We waited for our SW facing run to get early sunlight, and dropped around 8am. Stratton slashing a winter wave at 11,600'.
Getting onto our slope, we were stoking….
Strat with the toeside rooster tail.
Drew throwing buckets.
And in the whiteroom…
Our tracks, faintly seen from a distance. Wow, what a great day. Easily the best day of June snowboarding I have ever had. What a awesome experience. Yeeeee…