Climbed and skied Mt. Buckskin with 14ers.com user Crowdsurf (he snowshoed) on what turned out to be a legendary April day. Had the mountain completely to ourselves while DCLB were crawling with hikers/skiers. Morning winds started out 60-70 mph and then died like somebody turned off the spigot at about 11:00. Parked at the Sweet Home Mine (silver metal) building. Road's covered in consistent, drifted snow beyond that. The route was easy to see. Pretty much follow the power lines up the first headwall and then stick to the broad ridge on climbers left. It's a slog and sustained steep-ish pitch the whole way, but mostly wind scoured and easy hiking. Shouldered the skis and used microspikes after the first headwall to the summit. Traversed ridge to the saddle with the "NW Summit" to access a clean descent line. North facing slope was a mix of new powder from Friday/Saturday and breakable crust. Made for low quality glissading and average snow for skiing, but still a blast. The second level slopes provided some nice skiing and glissading options as well, some with high slope angle but very crusty top layer. Lots of large, natural wet slides propagating from most cliff bands on easterly aspects by afternoon. Can easily ski all the way back to the TH. Logged 4.7 miles according to the Garmin.
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