Monitor Pass has opened up very early this well below average season. My wife did a recon walk with our dogs on Friday. She reported seeing a few skiable snowpatches. So I seized the opportunity to start patchskiing season.
On Sunday after skiing Kirkwood I took the long way home through Markleeville and headed up to Monitor Pass to meet up with my wife and our dogs Makisha and Penny.
Penny encourages me to put my skis on my pack and get going:
Makisha waiting for me to start skiing:
Me and my shadow:
Stev, Penny and Makisha:
After skiing this patch we got a view of a ridge below the Leviathan Peak Fire Lookout. This meant that there would be a return trip the next day, Monday, for a dusk patrol ski trip.
Monday's Dusk Patrol -
Looking down from the Leviathan Peak Fire Lookout:
While not optimal, it was still doable and enjoyable.