Backcountry Skiing Reconnaissance

One of the best back country ski trips I’ve ever had was climbing Mt. Ralston and skiing the backside bowl down to Desolation Wilderness, then across to Echo Peak and over to Lake Tahoe.  The highlight was the big bowl behind Mt. Ralston, seen below in the photo.  It was fantastic skiing, but what scared us was that a few weeks later a large avalanche (six foot crown) slid down that face.  It is wind loaded and at a perfect angle for avalanches.

So last weekend a good friend Scott and I headed down to Bishop for a three day avalanche class.  Much of the time I was thinking about this slope.  How can we ski this again safely?  We now have plans to do it, and I’ll post when I do (we need more snow)

Scott forgot his wallet in my car, so I flew his wallet to South Lake Tahoe on my way to a business meeting.  This gave me an opportunity to get a shot of Ralston Bowl. I can’t wait.

Ralston Bowl - Waiting to be skied
Ralston Bowl – Waiting to be skied
Getting lined up for the recon photo.  Echo Lakes.
Getting lined up for the recon photo. Echo Lakes.

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