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  • September Shasta Ski Report

    I enjoyed a day of fine weather and great climbing conditions on Shasta yesterday. There were even some decent turns to be had, although they were hard to reach. A few hundred feet of soft, smooth (enough) snow does still exist at the very top of the Wintun Glacier. The rest of the skiing was ... well, take a look at the pictures to see the snow conditions. I started from the car at Brewer Creek at 3 in the morning and reached the top by Noon. I ran into a party at the top that had climbed up another route (Clear Creek) but they were the only people I saw all day.

    Here is what the NE side of that mountain looks like in September after a low snow year.


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  • #2
    Very nice. Thanks for posting. Maybe next time... I'll keep your contact info.

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    • #3
      Feed that jones man!

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      • #4
        Brilliantly good vibrations. Thanks for posting.

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        • #5
          Good job. Looks about right.
          Can't say I didn't warn ya!!

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          • #6
            Looks like something between giant sun cups and penitentes. Not often seen in N America but familiar to Aconcagua summiteers. Tough sledding.

            Bruce
            I'll be back.

            - Bruce

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            • #7
              Originally posted by B__ View Post
              I started from the car at Brewer Creek at 3 in the morning and reached the top by Noon.
              Thanks for sharing. About the only thing I do these days at 3 in the morning is get up to pee.

              Tonight I shall reflect on your achievement.

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              • #8
                Here are a few more shots from Sunday:
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                ^^Especially if any component of the velocity was backwards,
                the scales on these hindered side-slipping and shunting about
                challenging snow formations, a process already ungainly enough.

                Here is what the place looked like in September of '11 after a snowy year:
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                ^^Below the Hotlum

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                ^^ A smooth Wintun

                One from June, last year:
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                ^^Your EYT host

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                • #9
                  ^^Nasty looking snow conditions. Sure makes the low snow year of 11-12 look like a big year which it was NOT. That was a great trip. Timing is everything, eh? Any word from Em?

                  ain't no turn like tele!

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                  • #10
                    Ha! That brings back memories of my first trip to Shasta in the early 90's. No snow 'till 12k. Haven't seen it that bare in a while.
                    Good year to take the summer off I guess.
                    Way to go!
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                    • #11
                      Nice work, B!

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