Scott Nelson and I enjoyed a perfect spring day touring at Mount Frosty. We skinned up the icy switchbacks from Lightning Lake, climbed up the East Peak, and descended the northwest face down towards Frosty Creek. We then skinned back up and skied out the Windy Joe road.
We encountered almost the entire spectrum on snow conditions possible. From icy bruise your knee if you fall snow in the lower trees, to fast gliding snow on the flats, icy corn on the steeps, and perfect corn while skipping the meadows. The only thing missing was deep powder, and isothermal slush.
Looking back at our tracks off the summit. The northeast face is more commonly skied down into Frosty Creek.
We decided not to ski out Frosty Creek since the trees below 1500m would be a nightmare. Instead, we climbed back up onto the shoulder, and traverse towards the col south of Windy Joe.
And we even found some highly enjoyable corn snow through the larch trees on the way out.
Scott skiing out along the Windy Joe trail. We hiked the last kilometre and a bit to get to the road, and hitched a ride back to the car. What a cool trip!
This is a photo taken by Scott, last year, from the West Summit looking east.