If the weather held, plan was to do the complete Birthday Ski Tour around Early Winters Spires. Too cloudy and misty for our take (spoiled by Colorado?), so we let the wet and scrappy PNW chase us back down the hill. We did top Cornice Col, however, which was quite aesthetic. If you’re in this area looking for a snow report, we found the higher altitude snow to not be as consolidated as we expected, and with a freeze crust on top it was difficult to ski. The best turns of our day were lower down where the snowpack has transitioned to a dense summer configuration. Fun charging through the forest on summer snow over a carpet of pine needles.