June 24, 2017:
Prince William Sound Granite And Corn
place to summer ski is the ridge to the south of Hidden Bay on
Culross Island. The unique thing about this place is the
smooth granite ramps you can hike up. We don't have a
whole lot of granite to hike on in Southcentral Alaska. So
it's neat to get a taste of what hiking is like in other places
in the world. And of course, after hiking up these granite
ramps ... it's fun to ski back down.
Heading up from
Skiing back down as
far as the snow will take you.
A corn snow ski pole
Mid May 2017:
The 'Tween Season In Prince William Sound
When it comes
to skinny skiing in May in Prince William Sound, you never know
what you are going to get. Crust snow. Cold powder.
Corn. Isothermal crud. Sun-cupped summer snow.
I take a choice of skis with me. Skate skis for crust.
Fish scales for corn and summer snow touring. Fatter skis
for early May cold snow. I'm through trying to crust ski
in the Sound this year. On to summer snow/corn snow
skiing. There is a lot of snow this year, especially
compared to the last three years. So skiing in the Sound
should be good until early to mid July or so.
Finally, a good
amount of snow in PWS.
Over 6 feet of snow
at this spot.
Returning to the
mother ship after skiing. I brought skate and fish scale
skis to shore. You never know the conditions until you get
on the snow.
The north ridge of
Culross Island has good snow coverage this year. Because
of low snow years I have not skied it since
2012. Maybe this year (if other fun PWS trips don't
keep me away).