We set out up the existing skin track up the valley past Gandalf and Aragorn, and then turned east. The ridgetop linking Aragorn to Shadowfax is very rocky, but we found good skiing on the north side of it where the snow was deep. A snack break near Shadowfax was hurried by the cold weather, so we pulled off the skins and started the descent down the basin NE of Shadowfax. Unfortunately this slope was full of many big boulders; otherwise it would have made a good ski run. We followed the basin as far east as we could, and then took off traversing down into the forest. We did our best to keep high, and then we put on our skins when we neared the NE branch of Phelix Creek, which flows down from the north side of Taillefer.
Pleasant meadows led us up into the basin. We skipped the lakes to climb onto a bench system further north, skiing through nice connected open meadows. From the end of the bench we, skied up around a bowl crossing a large south facing slope to reach the high col NE of Mt. Taillefer. More snacks at the col, and then we pushed on up the ridge towards Taillefer before contouring... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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