I know this isn't the common sentiment about snow among most of this group, but I am HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY that we finally got enough snow so I can go backcountry skiing and not hit rocks/roots, etc.
Yesterday some friends and I skied down into the Ship Creek valley, through powder snow conditions that made the long, steep descent FUN
instead of scary. Yeehaw! Sometimes this trail is hardpacked and icy and I have to use skins to slow me down or take my skis off and walk down some sections. We're checking out snow and trail conditions for our annual 23-mile Arctic Valley to Indian ski traverse trips. Conditions at the Indian end of the trail aren't good yet, so we still have to wait, be patient, and hope for more snow on that end so we don't have to hike out the last few miles.
This was our lunch spot. It snowed all day.
This is where the trail first encounters Ship Creek. From here we either ski up the creek or stay on the trail. Look at all that virgin, untracked snow! I was starting to get a little depressed, but this sure perked me up.
If anybody wants to go skiing - let me know. Hopefully backcountry conditions will stay good for a while.