The Gulf of Slides on April 9th. Temperatures in the 50s with lots of snow and low avalanche danger. Great day.
Looking up Central Gully. Cars lined Rte. 16 with the Tuckerman Ravine-bound crowds. You couldn't tell there was a crowd one mile south in the Gulf of Slides.
It was possible to skin up all the way to tundra and the howl of winds coming over the ridge in the Left gully.
Brian Adams jump-turns in the trees.
The difference that one week makes. Fantastic temperatures, safe snow, spring skiing. The Gulf of Slides trail is intact all the way to the parking lot. A stream crossing towards the bottom is starting to open up, but is easy to cross for now. Once the sunshine loosened the snow it was lovely skiing on the trail and the gullies get even more sun, so are in great condition while it's warm. Snowboarders will have to stop about .2 miles from the trailhead where the run flattens out.
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