|The living room/dance floor|
|Jack's birthday was our reason for gathering.|
Eventually, the snow came. Peter and I stayed a few hours into night skiing, lapping cruiser runs blanketed in new buttery snow. When we returned to the cabin, we faced another night of dancing, merrymaking and the hot tub. We had decided to do a short tour the next day, so Peter and I embraced the night and I found myself just leaving the tub around 5am.
|Can't have the cabin party without the range.|
|Skinning up the groom.|
|Wind ice features|
|On foot from here.|
Not far above the Palmer, the icy wind features- while very beautiful- made it too difficult to skin. We hoisted our skis onto our backs and continued the long slog toward the crater. Near the crater the air was filled with the overwhelming smell of sulfur as it belched from a hole in the snow. We had a quick snack and traversed to the Hogsback, which was covered in shin deep powder.
|Crater and vents.|
|Traversing to the Hogsback. Peter Moore photo.|
|Steep climbing to the summit. Peter Moore photo.|
We had to down climb the top twenty feet of rime covered Old Chute in order to start skiing. The top was rather icy, but with a light layer of skiable soft snow on top. After traversing one very steep, very icy section, we were at the Hogsback- the crater's amazing powder stash.
|Peter down climbing Old Chute.|
|First section of skiing. Peter Moore photo.|
|Pow turns on the Hogsback. Peter Moore photo.|
|Illumination Rock at sunset.|