Snow in the forecast and hopefully a bunch for Friday and early Saturday.

Today we toured for 7.5 hours, getting a bunch of good runs in a drainage just west of the hut. All week we’ve found two layers of buried surface hoar in the snowpack, which creates layers that are notoriously unstable. True to form, the stuff provided the perfect weak layers and we touched off numerous avalanches. They were small and shallow, but one knocked a buddy down and gave him a ride for 100 feet, kicking off both his skis off. Skis recovered, buddy OK, great turns thereafter.

Tonight we’ll sacrifice a virgin or two in the hopes the snow comes in hard and we ski the goods tomorrow.

Wood-fired sauna, lasagna for dinner, and now…bed!