It’s “shoulder season,” the time when summer activities lose their hold on me and I start pursuing powder and peaks. In the Pacific Northwest we received a huge dump in early October which dropped over 3 meters on the high country. We hiked up the snow-covered trail to Skyline Divide for the first turns of the season.
The month started with stormy pow skiing on high sub-alpine ridges near Mt. Baker. Recently the weather has been better, and we’ve ventured into higher country to find above-average backcountry conditions for this time of year. Following are photos from various PNW outings this October.