It was almost like spring the third weekend of January 2005 but by mid-week
winter was sneaking back in, well sort of. Warm temps brought drizzle to the
valley floors so I decided I best get off the valley floor.
I headed for the Egan crest via Murray Summit Pass. Even though you get
up on a pass driving you still have to travel 5 miles to make it up above the
10,000 foot level. The good thing is that it's 3,000 feet of all down hill at the
end of the day.
I had hoped to make it further than I did but the cloud cover kept me off the
high point of the main ridge. Instead of zero visibility on the summit I opted
for turns off several tree covered peaks in an area I refer to as Blue Grouse
Peaks. Every time I'm on these peaks I find Blue Grouse hence the name.
On this day I didn't actually see any grouse for photo opportunities but I did
see their tracks.
The conditions were re-frozen corn on an east face, a creamy 4 inches of
soft snow in the trees on the same face, and actual powder on a north face,
to top it off there was actually corn on a northwest face at at the 9,000 foot
level.
Overall it was one of my favorite solo days of the season as I skied lines I've
never skied and I was on skis for 8 hours straight with a half hour lunch
break. A long day at the office.  
Solo skiing is sometimes best for me as I forget to slow down, sufferfests
don't seem so bad if there is no one there to let you know that you are
suffering.
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Ski Report: Egan Range                                                        page 1
Blue Grouse Peaks                  (click on pictures for larger versions)
A picture of Blue Grouse Peaks
taken on clear day.  North Ward
Peak is the highest peak visible
in this photo.
This slide path is visible from
the highway.  This tour gives
one a much closer view.  
I thought this path had slid once
this season already in the  
December slide cycle.  Zooming
in on it with the camera and
looking closely I could see the
debris that confirmed that
thought.