After a few hero pictures we began to get ready for the descent. We ripped our hides (ski talk for removing the skins we utilize on the bottoms of our skis for uphill travel) and locked in for the descent. Once we began the ski, conditions cleared up.
We had timed it perfectly!
After roughly 1000 ft of steep (read – controlled) skiing on the Roman wall, we were able to open it up a little bit for the ski back to camp. Conditions were SPECTACULAR! All in all, summit to camp we had a fabulous 4,831 feet (give or take a few feet) of awesome spring skiing. Once at camp we spent an hour packing up and getting ready for the remaining 2,850 ft of skiing to the van.
Even with the spring melt out and some PNW creek shenanigans, skiing, is still more efficient than walking. Kun and Bing rocked it. Close to 8,000 feet below the summit we hit the van and much needed flip flops. It took us five hours flat from the summit to camp to car to the AAI office! We clicked in and left the summit at 12:01 PM and were back in Bellingham by 5:00 PM. An awesome trip! Now the only question is what will they ski next…