Today was the first day of 2018, a day off of work, and a wonderful day for a ski tour :)
Most of the ski areas around Washington got super warm weather today (Baker and Rainier were both in the 40s?!) but somehow Stevens Pass maintained a solid amount of cold air, and stayed in the 20s. Since we'd already done Yodelin this weekend, and didn't want to test out the thinner snowpack at lower elevations, we tried a new spot just down the road from Yodelin.
Lichtenwasser Lake is at the base of Lichtenberg Mountain, and has beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. We were treated to a healthy amount of sunshine, which always makes a trip through the snow feel special. When we were crossing some of the lower "meadows" I could totally picture John Muir or Walt Whitman waxing poetic about the way the millions of little snow particles sparkle in the majestic mid-afternoon sun, or how huge snow piles make ordinary stumps and rocks look otherworldly.
Our way back down from the lake was steeper than anticipated (we seem to be running into that a lot lately), and involved me sliding/booting/tree-grabbing down a drop off that was at least 15 feet tall. Cary is a total champ, and kept his skis on the whole time, but me and my little legs made of noodles don't work well on that kind of terrain. Snow conditions were great though, and made for a fairly enjoyable day of skiing even with the steepness.