Friday, February 15, 2013

Ski Touring Blodgett Canyon

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Brian and I toured up Blodgett Canyon last week and found some exciting terrain to ski and new lines to explore. We had good weather, fast conditions and powder on the south faces.

Summit of Sears Peak
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  • Summit of Sear's Peak

About 6 miles upcanyon is a high point along Printz Ridge we call Sear's Peak, as it sits above Sear's Lake on the Mill Creek side of the ridge. Approaching the peak from the west allows a moderate ascent after dealing with steep skinning in the lower elevations. We intended to ski the Sear's Peak couloir, a north facing fold in the terrain, but when we arrived at the entrance, we found it rocky and fairly unappealiing. We had both skied it previously and therefore opted to ski south from the summit of Sear's Peak back to Blodgett Canyon. This 3,000' peak to creek run was the last major ski line in Blodgett that I had been ambitious to ski over the years. It being so far upcanyon, generally guarantees that it is filled in to the bottom and we found it in superb shape. With 8 inches of powder on a crust at the summit we carefully ski cut loose some sluffs and then descended the line to the creek. As the descent progressed the powder became shallower as did the slope angle. This kept the skiing good all the way back down to the trail.

Midway down Sears Peak
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  • Midway down Sear's Peak

We then skied upcanyon another mile and crossed the creek to ascend a north facing run that looked promising from the other side of the canyon. It eventually cliffed out, but the 1,500' we ascended proved a great line, with nice views upcanyon to Blodgett Pass and Mountain and across to the next high point along Printz Ridge.
Printz Point, Blodgett Canyon

Skinning for it!
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  • Skinning for it!

Skiing It
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  • Skiing It

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