|Date of Info:||05/05/2018|
New York's hottest new night club is called Lackawanna SW Gully. This place has everything!
Bushwhacking, icy slippery streams, terrain traps, frozen sidehill mud to enjoy, any and all snow conditions imaginable in one place, and 8-12" wind loading with a light crust over unconsolidated near the steeper top 2-300 to get your blood pumping. You can even drive right up to the base because the gate at La Plata TH is open. It even has below-freezing temps with no sun until about 8:30, and a natural bobsled run for your personal items! Watch them tumble 1500 feet down and try to find them later! (sunglasses case, which I actually did find) For entertainment you can even watch middle aged ladies testing their capabilities with no hamstrings wandering around all day wearing crampons, shivering when still, and too afraid to glissade and thus a little crabby!
Skiing might not be very enjoyable at this time, imho - did not bring mine today...Lower needs to soften up (or go later in the day but I was descending at 10-11) and the top needs to consolidate. There was about 200 vert of what I would consider nice conditions for any method of snow travel on the entire route, but I'm not as bad ass as most of you skiers.