Having released a few wind-loaded pockets in the morning, I knew there was some degree of avalanche danger; especially since some of the aspects on Silver Peak were similar to those loaded aspects at Squaw. So, we took our route finding pretty seriously, staying out of the gullies and only ascending ridges, even though some parts of the ridges were scoured and it was tough to get traction. An hour and a half or so later we were at the top.
The sun was quickly falling behind the horizon, so we dropped in as quick as possible. Plus, we were really excited to slash the waves that were right below the peak.
Jeremy dropped in and slashed the wave, releasing a little slide, as can be seen in the photo. What looks like a sunlit ridge on the right side of the photo, below the obvious ridge, is actually the start of the slab. It was roughly a one foot slab, very slow moving, and didn’t travel more than 50 feet due to the low angle of the slope. Jeremy easily made it to a safe zone.
The rest of the run was super mellow; some rolly terrain, little waves, and some fun tree shredding.
All in all, it was a great afternoon tour. The snow is great right now, but just be aware of the avalanche danger!