Pacific Northwest is seeing little of its characteristic early season snow this fall (a far cry from last fall). Over the past few weekends I’ve tried skiing Washington backcountry a few times with minimal success. First I found a sub 1 foot snowpack at Twin Lakes, and then attempted to ski on a windblown ice skating rink at Heliotrope Ridge.
Someone smarter than me would opt to rock climb until we got a good dump. I’ve got faith in early season pow so when Adam asked me if I wanted to head down to Mt. Hood, where a storm recently dropped some snow, I readily agreed.
The storm dumped lots of snow but also came in with wind, so we didn’t find the fluffy face-shots of our dreams. What we got was soft(ish) snow combined with a bunch of new friends and excellent views in a new place which made for a stellar weekend trip. Check out the photos below: