In mid January, a much needed storm past through the PNW. The storm had a general warming trend, but dropped 8" of new snow in the Central Oregon Cascades. On Friday 1/16, I met Drew at his house in Bend, and we headed up to Mt. Bachelor. Our plan was to ride to explore around Todd Lake, and hopefully ride some awesome powder!
Skinning down the road in the morning, Drew watch out for them dawg-sleds player!
On the approach we skinned past this log. It looked fun, but fatty to flatty. Neither Drew or I were willing to step up to it.
Drew took me to a cliff zone he had checked out a few times prior.
After scoping things out, we picked a line and prepared to shred. Drew is ready.
The new snow had a density inversion near the new/old interface. This layer was failing on unsupported slopes. Drew dropping a cliff, with a small crown just to his lookers left.
The snow was chowdery, but we were having fun. We set a skinner, and went up for another lap.
Drew smashing the pow, in beautiful Central Oregon.
After our second lap, we continued exploring. As the clouds burned off, the Volcanos began to reveal themselves. South, Middle, and North Sister's in a sea of trees.
We found a steep zone, with lots of potential. We did not test the slope due to the new snow instabilities we observed but, look forward to returning on another day.