December 5

Upper Solitude parking to Willow, West Monitor bowl, out Will's hill to beaver pond trail.

Elevations, slope angles and aspects

7800-10400', angles over 35°, all aspects.

Snow conditions

6" or so at the trail head over the rain-rime crust which did allow skinning all the way to the ridge.

There was 8"+ in West Monitor(watch the rocks on entry), a little more off the ridge.

Snow was right side up, good skiing.

East facing got enough sun to produce small rollers.

West facing has marginal coverage saved by the crust.


Clear skies, cool temperature and light wind.

Snow pit



No load. Instability may increase with significant wind or warming.