December 29, 2012 Backcountry Skiing, Williams Peak HutWith high pressure finally on the horizon, now seems like the perfect time to reflect on the epic start to the 2012-13 winter and share some of our favorite photos. This is definitely the most solid start I’ve seen in my nine winters, and I heard veterans with over 20 years’ experience here concur.It started around Thanksgiving, with great skiing on a shallow but supportable base at the higher elevations such as Galena Summit. Early December brought in a whopper of a storm – dropping 3-4′ of dense snow in the high country. This provided an insta-base and helped prevent the typical weak snow from forming near the ground.Subsequent storms brought in regular doses of 8-12″ to keep things fresh and deep. These back-to-back storms also prevented (for the most part) weak layer formation at the surface. All this has added up to a deep supportable base, excellent coverage, relatively stable conditions, and fantastic powder skiing.Some of our favorite memories:Skiing powder around Thanksgiving – always a good sign.Worrying about insufficient snow for our Backcountry Skills Course – only to end up with a 5′ base, perfect powder, and clearing skies.Not getting a single clean shear in snowpits in the terrain above the hut. Boring for avy courses, good for skiing!When the weather cleared after the storms revealing coated peaks.Some of the lightest, deepest powder Central Idaho ever has to offer.We all hope you got out and enjoyed the stellar conditions – but if you didn’t, not too worry. It’s only just begun!!