January 15, 1977
Upon arriving at the top of the pass our hopes went up.
There was fresh (three days old) snow on the ground.
We skied below the ski area in this neat white stuff that had been absent
for so long.
Good weather, good group, and snow!
However, some members’ enthusiasm soon waned.
As we entered the trees, Ugh!
Ice, crust, branches, and rocks.
The warm weather after the storm had melted the snow off the trees creating
The group pushed on; not to be dismayed by the quality (or lack) of the snow.
The snow did improve as we gained elevation or got out of the trees.
We arrived at the lower lake sometime around 11:30.
After lunch (interrupted numerous times by globs of snow falling out of the
trees onto your sandwich) we skied to the upper lakes.
Looking across the middle lake at Rosary Rock was truly beautiful as its black
and white peak contrasted sharply against the clear blue sky.
After some downhill racing (it was timed) through the trees we packed up and
skied out to the cars.
Very fine trip.
P.S. Merle did not ski in, he walked because the snow was not deep enough to
warrant the use of his snowshoes.
Pat and Randy Zustiak (leader).