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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Mt Shasta - Hotlum Wintun Ridge

Drew and I returned to the Hotlum Wintun this year, one of the nicest ski routes I know of. With a cold night and low freezing levels forecast for the day, we decided for a later then usual start, left the cars at 7:45. We were able to park within 1 mile of the trailhead and cutting through the woods came upon the trailhead in about 10 minutes. The amount of snow seemed very similar to when we skied this route on July 3rd last year! Temps were cool and there was a consistent breeze, things didn't really seem to be softening.

We reached 12,500 feet at around 1:30 and things hadn't softened much. The route gets steeper after crossing the ridge here so we decided to hang out for a bit and see if things would warm up. No dice, after an hour or so it seemed to be getting colder if anything so we decided to head down.

The top 2,000-2500 feet was pretty firm, filling loosening skiing. Around 10,000 feet the skiing got pretty good and the lower turns were very nice. Perhaps we should have just lapped down lower :-)

Hitting tree line, the route right in front of us

Me skiing down in the nice snow on the lower parts of the route.


Our route down.