I did a quick trip on Powderhouse yesterday morning. It was my first ever ski tour (thanks for the help with gear, Mike). I had skied at Heavenly the day before and I had to be back at South Bay in time to catch a 6pm flight from SJC, so I got up early and drove down to Luther pass.
I was surprised by about a dozen vehicles already parked at 6am, but I guess it is a pretty popular spot. I didn't really need a headlamp because it was already getting light by the time I was all ready to leave. I followed what looked to be a popular skin track up for a ways, and eventually turned off on a different newer one because the first track was getting kind of slick and chewed up.
It didn't take me too long to get used to the whole skinning thing, although the first couple awkward kick turns were a bit interesting. It took me longer than expected to make it to the top because I'm a bit out of shape...I'll have to remedy that with a lot more skiing :) Conditions were really nice: cloudless skies, a little below freezing, no wind, and great powder.
I must have dropped my headlamp on the ground as I was getting ready, because someone had looped it on my side mirror when I got back to the car. Thanks, whoever did that.
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