After dropping a car at the Deaf Smith trailhead we made our way to Broads Fork. The first thousand or so feet were dirt but right before the bridge conditions turned perfect for fast travel. The snow stayed firm until we were a couple hundred feet below the saddle where we found wind effect powder. There was a narrow debris path toward the north end of the saddle which allowed safe travel to the ridge.
The ridge was scenic, as usual, and a combination of booting and skinning had us on the summit watching more weather come in. Not wanting to ski anything N facing we opted for the SW Face of W Twin.
Although the SW face looks quite steep from the freeway, there are only a handful of steep turns. It's a nice mix of chutes and bowls and eventually drops you in the middle of an old burn. We had a nice combination of firm textured snow, breakable, and corn which lasted longer than expected (4500'). From there we were stuck walking. I've heard horror stories about Deaf Smith but every time I've been there route finding/bushwhacking hasn't been a problem and today was no different. Apart from Tom almost falling off a little rock traverse into the river it was a quick uneventful exit on a fairly well defined trail.
|Tom booting to the saddle, Tanner on the debris pile|
|Drom and Sunrise from the saddle|
|Tom and Tanner heading to East Twin|
|Tanner close to the summit of West Twin|
|Tom skiing off the summit of W. Twin|
|Just off the summit ridge|
|Just before the burn|
|Tom in the burn|
|Exiting Deaf Smith|