After finding hard snow on Mt. Washington on 1/30, Destry, Stratton, and I decided we needed to stick to South facing slopes the following day. Knowing the road to the Pole Creak Trailhead was clear, we decided to check out the conditions on North Sister. Hiking through the Pole Creak burn was reminiscent of spring trips.
Heading into the land of dinosaurs.
North Sister offers arguably, the most aggressive riding of any Oregon Volcano. The Thayer and Early Morning Couloir seen here.
Before long, we were off the trail and skinning towards the south facing slopes of North Sister. The views in this area are great, South Sister was strutting her stuff.
Stratton doesn't have a splitboard, and was hiking with a solid board. Up into the Volcano's we go.
Our goal was to ride these mid-elevation, south facing chutes.
We re-grouped in a safe zone, threw on the crampons, and started up the slope. Beautiful views of the Sisters and Broken Top.
The chute we booted up was about a 1000' vertical and gained the ridge bordering the Thayer at 9000'. It was awesome to get a good look at these slopes, and gather beta for future trips.
Destry and Stratton wanted to ride the chute we booted up, while I was scoping a chute across the slope. I booted up the ridge for 100' or so, and could see the entrance to my chute. It was 2:00 pm and the slope was creamy corn. Destry and Stratton dropped first.
I missed Destry on the way down but, caught this photo of Stratton ripping it up.
After watching Destry and Stratton, it was my turn. There was a short exposed traverse to gain access to the chute. This was the view from my perch.
My adrenaline was pumping when I traversed into the chute. After a couple of turns, the snow was perfect, and my confidence was regained. An awesome run. Destry caught these pictures of me riding. (photo: Destry Serna)
(Photo: Destry Serna)
We regrouped in the same safe zone that we transitioned in earlier. I caught this picture of the dudes party boarding.
After a round of high-fives, we kept shredding. Destry carving.
We were able to snowboard traverse a good portion of the hike to the car. Another awesome trip from Pole Creek. Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood seen on the hike out.