A week before we had taken a tour to ski powder in the Jims Grove area. That day we could skin directly from the car, however, today a week later the first half mile had melted out. Things melt out quick below treeline in May. So we set off with ski boots on and skis on our packs. We made quick work up the all too familiar trail to treeline. At treeline we skinned directly up to the halfway point on the East face of Lady Washington. A quick boot to the top with the occasional posthole led us to the summit. The view of the East and North face of Longs from Lady’s summit is not to be missed. While the East face of Lady is probably the best ski line on Lady it rarely comes in all the way. Other skiable options are Marthas which requires some rappels or traversing over to the Camel Couloir.
This day we chose to ski down the West face in a little gully that is just below the summit. The gully goes down to the Boulderfield and directly below Storm Peak. The West face was pretty mellow and surprisingly filled in making which would normally be a rock dodging descent to a straightforward and fun descent.
Once down the West face we changed gears and started skinning up the East face of Storm. 200 feet or so below the summit we put the skis on the packs and booted directly up to the snowy summit. Skiing directly off the top of this peak with beautiful views all around was a real treat. The descent was quick since the face is just around 600 feet.
From the bottom of Storm we skied right through the Boulderfield and all the way down to a half mile of the trailhead. It is so nice to be able to ski the Boulderfield out, it really saves time. A nice tour in a beautiful and special area!