Redtop Mountain

Sunday, February 20, 2011
Leader: Harold Thompson
Xski: 8 miles, 2200 ft (Difficult)

Snow that skiers dream of, light, fresh and new, was cause for great anticipation as we left the snow park at Crescent Lake for the summit of Red Top Mountain. Starting at 9:00 AM under broken clouds and blue sky our group of five headed towards the Pretty Lake Trail. A couple wrong turns, and plenty of discussion, kept us more or less on route. At 5500 feet we left the trail and headed up the east ridge adding skins to our skis as the slope steepened. All skiers were on the 6948' summit at 1:00 PM for a lunch break behind a tree clump sheltering us from the wind. Skins came off and we descended the north ridge in perfect powder snow. Telemark turns created sinuous ski trails crisscrossing down the slope along with the occasional big hole caused by falling skiers.

The route back took us past Pretty Lake where we managed to temporarily lose one of our skiers. Frank, nowhere to be found behind us, had gotten way ahead and was back to the car in record time. The rest of the group caught up to end the trip at 4:00 PM. Sharing the day of great company and perfect snow were several members and a guest.

Members: Harold Thompson, Frank Chemotti, Steven Goins, Dave Jensen. Nonmembers: Catherine Nelson.


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