Location: Crescent Moon Couloir & The Sisters, Carson Pass
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Skiers: Jon & Nick
Photos & Video: Nick (unless otherwise noted as Jon)
Weather: Bluebird and warming – really a perfect day. By 1 PM on the skin back to the car, it was nearing the 60s around 8,000 ft.
Avalanche Conditions: From the Sierra Avalanche Center:
Early this morning, avalanche danger is Low for all elevations and aspects. Pockets of Moderate danger will form at all elevations on E-SE-S-SW-W aspects in response to daytime warming. Very isolated areas of instability may exist on northerly aspects. Normal caution is advised.
During our tour, Jon and I did not encounter any instabilities.
Synopsis: With the call for good weather, stable avalanche conditions and the promise of wintry snow at higher elevations that do not get any sun, Jon and I decided to head to Carson Pass and ski Crescent Moon Couloir as the primary objective. With an abundance of other options and easy access, we intended on skiing other lines in the area as well, but giving ourselves an easy bail if the snow got too warm too quick.
Other than a vital gear mishap in a somewhat exposed spot, the day was awesome.