Well, oppressive fog/clouds over town was enough to motivate to climb above it even if I guessed the skiing would be less than ideal. It was worse!
I drove the Salmon La Sac road out of Roslyn and parked at the French Cabin Snowpark. Then I skinned up, shortcutting the switchbacks of the French Cabin Road through occassionally annoying vine maple and breakable crust. The real climbing started on the north side of FoolsDay, leaving the Thorp Creek Road about 1/2 mile from the French Cabin Junction. Skinning in the forest sucked, bullet proof drip zone without crampons for traction. Finally I gained the open north slope hoping for powder but none to be had. Too low, I guess even in the shade of a steep north aspect.
OK, gain the east ridge for some more enjoyable skinning, which it was, onward to the top.
Fantastic views up there for such a minor summit!
Now to ski. Knowing the north side would have been hell I tried the SW ridge to a glade that nearly reaches the valley floor. First turns were great in a mock corn but then it went to deep doo doo. Breakable crust, no crust just deep mank, and icy firm all within seconds of one another depending on sun/shade.
I was happy just to get down!
The frozen groomed French Cabin Road was fast ,homeward!
Check another minor bump of 400 feet prominence off the list. And I saw the sun!
Were you the white car parked on the road? We were headed for the same place! We seen your tracks on the way up. When we got to the French cabin junction we decided with the crust it was not worth going any further. Plus I didnt have the right set of skis for the job.
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