Friday at noon, the gates to Sonora Pass opened... Sat at 3:30 am I woke up, packed the car and started driving. By 7 am I met up with Johnny and we were ready to cruise... The mountains here don't get ridden much during the rest of the year. (unless you have a snowmo, access is FAR). Gotta say it's a refreshing feeling to get to the top of an 11,500 ft peak and not be able to recognize the surrounding peaks. We parked at the pass (9624') and followed the PCT south to Leavitt Peak, the most popular target from Sonora Pass.
This was my 12th day in the BC this year, 11 in the resort, so 23 day on skis total. Not too bad considering the season didn't start until Jan 21st, and I have a 8 mo. old baby.
That's Leavitt Peak to the left, and Deadman's on the right. We booted right up the bowl.
Check out some of these peaks to the South! Kennedy Peak
Hawksbeak Peak, I believe.
Another beautiful thing about Sonora Pass it the shuttle option. From the top of Leavitt peak you can ski down to as far as the snow will let you. In this case it was around 8500 ft (at "the switchback") where we crossed Deadman Creek to get back to 108.
Thumb a quick ride back to your car, and you are all set! Coincidentally, I was listening to Freakonomics podcast on the way up about hitchhiking... a fun listen, FYI.
Night Cap Peak... from near where we descended and started hitching. Plenty of burly descent options here... maybe not this year, but I'm sure some years there are some lines down that. The left slope is another popular option for Sonora Pass enthusiasts.
Here's a link to Johnny great post from this trip. http://www.backwoodsbayarea.com/2012/05/cinco-de-my-oh-my-thats-big-peak.html
And his vid
Leavitt Peak | Cinco de Mayo from JonnyB on Vimeo.
And from the folks that you can see booting up the Y-couloir while I was skiing down it.