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Spring skiing on Tumalo Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.20 - 05:48:38
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Oregon Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 450m
Participants: Klaus Haring, Zoran Vasik
Difficulty: 2: Tree skiing with bare patches
Easy half day ski tour
When I visited Mt Bachelor last year there was more snow even though it was a bit later in end of May. I remember dirty snowbanks beside the road while this year everything was bare with only a few snow patches between the trees. We first drove to the ski area, but Zoran worried that after a very slow breakfast in town we were too late to get our value in skiing because they close at 1.30. So we went to ski tour up Tumalo Mountain . [photo]P1080916.JPG[caption]South and Middle Sister from where we crossed the highway[/photo]

Last year I had parked along the road near the Sunrise Base. This time there were "No Parking" signs everywhere, but we were able to drive to an empty overflow lot where we parked. In the flat valley bottom there was enough snow between the trees to ski the short distance to the four lane highway. We then carried our skis across and up into the fairly dense, moderately steep forest. There we soon found a snow covered snowmobile road and put on our skins and skis. I thought we would be able to follow it till there was more continuos snow above, but it soon leveled off. When we saw a bare stretch ahead we turned around and went back to where we had seen some old ski tracks come down. They were very old tracks, the kind that melts out in spring from earlier in winter. Fresh tracks on firm spring snow melt away in a few hours or a day at this time of the year. [photo]P1080918.JPG[caption]Ascending along the mid section of the climb, Mt Bachelor behind[/photo]

There was some more bare ground and Zoran carried his skis for a short way while I shuffled across pine needles, branches and occasional rocks. When the forest became more open it was easier to zigzag up on continuos snow. About 3/4 of the way the summit slopes became visible. They were...

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