I got up at 6:45 today. Think of it like when you were little and you had to “practice” getting ready for school. Like usual I fell back asleep after the alarm, couldn’t find my hat, and forgot to use the restroom.Erik Jacobsen, a longtime glacier local, drove his Subaru and Grady McCombs, Dan and I all piled in as we chugged up the Mt Baker Highway. Snow was falling before we made it to the lower lodge and only one car was in the back lot as we geared up.
The Ski Area’s employees were busy clearing snow and checking rope lines. We spoke with a couple Pro Patrollers who pointed out a sizable fracture above us. We agreed to be careful and continued on our hike. Soon the Snowcat tracks were gone and we were boot packing through 16-24 Inches of Cascade concrete. It was tough going, Grady charged the way with reckless abandon. We all take turns going first through the deep snow, but Grady got the mental attitude award today!We chose “the north face” to heed the Patrollers advice and it was super deep! Then very quickly the snow became extremely wet. We all felt like we had “robot legs” as we battled the heavy wet snow. The best moments of the day came at the car before we drove home. We got a little video of the “end of the day birds” eating a granola bar out of our hands! Then we checked the internet and the Ski Area will open tomorrow!!