Heliotrope Ridge Skiing
November 10th, 2002
It was again time to make our yearly pilgrimage to the mecca of early season skiing: Heliotrope Ridge. Emily and I joined Phil and Greg and we all piled into Greg's mobile early Sunday morning.
Seeing as the first real flakes of snow had started to fall in the middle of the week, I figured that there would be snow everywhere and that it would be really cold. But to my surprise, the trailhead was entirely snow free, and reasonably warm (40s). Greg handed me my hefty skis off of the ski rack and commented, "Oh, training skis!" But no, I'm not jealous of their freaking sweet lightweight Randonee setups.. not at all!
Surprisingly, there were only two other cars in the parking lot. One of skiers who were long gone, and another of Canadians intent on going ice climbing in the icefall. They figured there wouldn't be enough snow to ski, we figured there would be way too much snow to ice climb!