The traverse on 2/17 was excellent with deep snow. Twelve people packed most of the trail between the two cabins. We and others before us chipped ice off the blue diamonds. There was 10″ of snow on slush on Peterson Lake. Beware. We were able to ski all the way to the car at the Peterson Lake TH! Best snow of my 8 trips!
The backcountry was phenomenal and only 1 snow machine Friday. Great powder. The run down was soft with lots of snow on the sides.
There’s a foot of powder up there, tracked pretty well not only up to the cabin but also across to the upper meadow then down. I skied all the way to the parking lot, a rare opportunity.
The meadows are phenomenal powder. The Lake Creek trail is all frozen up so no more mud holes. We put skis on at the main meadow. The lower trail is too thin for skiing but a nice hike.
The lake creek access is a bit muddy but the skiing is awesome with about 10 inches of powdery snow up high.
skied to Auk Mountain and found a foot more snow than last weekend, wow! Possible to walk to the Muir Cabin but we skied all the way down past the big bridge on the trail.
On Friday the lower Peterson Lake trail has ok coverage for rock skis. The traverse through the woods is thin. The marked trail between John Muir and Peterson is excellent as is the ski to Spaulding from John Muir. Skiing down Saturday from John Muir is good in the meadows but thin in the forests.