It’s still possible to ski good snow top to trailhead on the W side of Ferry Peak despite prolonged record warm temps. The E side of Ferry Peak via Sheep Gulch is melted out down low as are most other S facing aspects on the lower 1/4 of the mountain.
Today Dani, Maestra and I awoke to a pleasant surprise: bright blue skies and overnight lows well below freezing in Star Valley. We opted to take advantage of the relatively safe spring conditions to ascend and descend a big gully surrounded by steep faces that wouldn’t be safe with higher avalanche danger: North Gully.
S and SE facing slopes had lost coverage but E and N aspects protected plenty of snow. Snow was firm on all aspects encountered during the ascent and softened up nicely for the descent. We tried to avoid super-sun-affected S facing slopes and other areas with low snow levels.
The snow proved great on ESE aspect during our descent around 2pm: creamy sun-cooked corn. Shady slopes were still crusty at that time. Small debris fields in N Gully weren’t fun but not bad either. Down low heavy sled traffic had packed down a nice track out that would have been scary if encountered while refrozen.
The sky was gorgeous this morning with aerial spray visible over Idaho by mid-afternoon, so I made a NW Wyoming Skywatch video from Point 9650+. As I’m writing this it’s sunset and it appears that the spray planes are returning. Will warm temps come in their wake? We’ll see.