Anonymous (Login splattski) Posted Jun 22, 2011 10:42 AM
We weren't able to do a good evaluation of the snow, but things seemed fairly cohesive. However, it was an overnight low in Mackay of 50°, so everything was slurpy, even first thing in the morning.
We did see some fresh-looking slides: in particular one big cornice break (north facing slope), and the north face of Borah appeared to have had multiple slides.
Going up the gully, there seemed to be a crust, but with little effort I could kick through it. So I did. Boot top step holes. In places, my axe would easily go in all the way with little resistance (hollow? or just too shallow?)
We were able to walk across the 'plateau' on Petros with minimal post-holing. In some places the snow was actually supportive, in others we were going in to about boot top. Occasionally farther.
On the way down about 1:30, it was very warm. Our old steps only partially supported us. I think by then the corn would have been too soft for good skiing.
Skiing down into Christian Gulch would have been amazing- what a cool-looking cruise! I think the corn at 10k would have been perfect. As for steeper stuff, I'd refer to JimC and his recent ski of Leatherman.