Birthday Lake-Fuji Shelter Loop

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Leader: Dave Jensen
Xski: 11.5 miles, 1150 ft (Difficult)

We left Gold Lake Sno-Park under cloudy skies and had a quick ski down to the lake on a good track. From Gold Lake, the path was much less traveled and was completely unbroken once we started up the Fuji Mountain trail. The upper layer of snow was about a foot deep in the more open places, thankfully having consolidated quite a bit over the past several days. We continued up toward Birthday Lake and made good progress despite the trail-breaking. It was after 2:00 when we reached the second Fuji Shelter turnoff, and would have taken 4-5 hours to complete the planned route, so the decision was made to stop at Birthday Lake for lunch, and then return via the route we came up on. The ski down was fast, and the deep, new snow made for some great skiing. It ended up snowing lightly on us much of the day. It was a full day of skiing, and we were glad to get back to the Sno-Park well before dark. .

Members: Jensen, Dave, Anselmo, Jan, Anselmo, Richard, Wilken, Lyndell, Hansen, Marci. Nonmembers: Anderson, Pamela, Grant, Betty, Murtaugh, Paul.

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