Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Haney Meadow Loop

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Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Haney Meadow Loop

Enjoyable tour to Windy Knob and Tronsen Head for developing ski tourers.

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  • Moderate, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,980 ft
  • Pace: 800 ft/h

9:00AM

Chelan County parking area -- HWY-97 and USFS-7240
https://www.gaiagps.com/public/7JHGpwVrDsjLdb4x4keuqUmJ

No sno-park permit is required for this location. 


If this location is full  more free parking can be found here:
https://www.gaiagps.com/public/v1Y9JKAD2Wua1iQk7Wm3FhsR
and here:
https://www.gaiagps.com/public/Fs1CR9XsVp3ioNlzkmPQX7Yn


At this time due to COVID-19, I'm discouraging carpooling with non-household members.   The trip plans and guidance may change at anytime due to changing conditions, this includes last minute cancellation.

I drive a Blue Honda CRV.

Trip intended for folks looking to develop ski touring experience in a safe, relaxed and supportive environment.    Hard charging folks will likely find the pacing and cautious approach frustrating.

Here is a GPX track of a prior trip.
https://www.gaiagps.com/public/8DCEL9ZjcM1AqTcIxacLZpAW
We will vary from that GPX track in several ways -- but this give you an idea of the general route.

We will likely make a lap on the slope below "Windy Knob"  -- it usually provides good skiing --- then our descent from the top of Tronsen Head will likley be not as far north as the GPX track -- I plan on scouting a route through the trees and cliff bands onto the open slopes during my "brush clearing trip" on October 18th.

Update:   I have scouted and done some branch trimming on the more direct descent route from the top of Tronsen Head.   This descent involves some semi-open tree skiing , one steeper pitch, open talus slopes and then some semi-open tree skiing to connect to the exit road.    My assement of the slope steepness is that you should be able to confidently ski a single black diamond ski run at a resort for this descent to be enjoyable. 

The views from the top of Tronsen Head can be fantastic -- but it can also be windy -- be sure to pack enough layers to be able to stop and enjoy the views  even if the weather is a bit nippy.

Note:  A Winter Storm Warning, Extreme Avalanche Forecast from NWAC, Freezing Rain or "Chains Required" on the highway will cancel the trip.    If NWAC forecast is for a High avalanche hazard -- inbounds lift skiing will be a fallback option considered.

Additional Info:

My Touring Tips
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ORz50-KICoi6mhjK2LsNFTqCrf3MpxuCYJsxm61dZ0k/edit?usp=sharing

My day touring ski pack contents:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tZvHTlJXqYwxn0sF7adqf5SWEqIXgFY5ELi-nQjfjfg/edit?usp=sharing

My Driving Tips:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zJFjWZQ5HXp8UE5pIgKP3ZwursgV_TmkaBGMWRYwN_s/edit?usp=sharing

Route/Place

Haney Meadow Loop, Diamond Head & Windy Knob


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins 
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon (digital only)
  • Avalanche probe
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