Years ago I found a 3000m peak on my road map of Idaho in a small mountain range south of the Snake River plain. This year I planned to make this my first exploration on the way to the US SW. In the rest area at the Idaho border I found a brochure of attractions in southern Idaho which listed a ski area in these hills. It seemed a good starting point. Arriving late in Burley I was not able to get any information except that the ski hill was already closed. [photo]USA151P1040873.JPG[caption]The north end of the Albion Range from the roadside[/photo]
Approaching the mountains did not look promising. What had looked like ski runs cut out of forest from the distance turned out to be snow drifts paralleling bare wind swept ridges. However the ski area was further south. A good paved road led into a side valley. Then at a slow to 20mi curve there was a turn off with a sign with 3 names pointing right, which I didn't read because I could already see the ski lift and parking lot straight ahead. The ski runs looked well covered and I saw no bare spots, but there was nobody else there.
It was sunny with a cold wind blowing and everything frozen rock hard. I chose a run to the west. It was quite smooth and gentle enough so I could skin straight up all the way. The lift ended at the last trees and the flat summit of Pomerelle Mtn, a windswept ridge was barely 30m above. I went there to look around for other objectives. Some distant higher peaks far to the south were separated by big bare bowls. Closer to the NW was a long ridge leading to a summit further west. It didn't look like an ideal ski trip. The south slopes were very steep and the ridge had steps with rock outcrops and trees.... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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