(If you click on the pictures, they get way bigger and way better.)
This morning, I drove an hour south of Anchorage to see what kind of crust skiing conditions exist at Turnagain Pass. I couldn't have been more pleased with what I found:
The snow was silky smooth, hard as a rock, and I found no tracks from any other skiers...
The lowest point on the ridge in the back-center of this photo was my ultimate destination.
My attempt at a self-picture: