14er Ski Descents – El Diente – May 5, 2010
Route: North Face
Team: Christy, Ted
Christy and I came here earlier this season (March) but found the snow to be pretty unstable, so we turned around and went home. After a recent spring storm blew through the state, we decided to give the El Diente – Mount Wilson pair another look.
We made it a good way up the Silver Pick Road, and then skinned to Rock of Ages Saddle. From there we had a clear view of both peaks, and there looked to be plenty of snow. We couldn’t see the intricate summit sections however, and they would prove to be pretty committing. We skied across Navajo Basin and began to boot up the North Face of El Diente. The new snow took a bit of effort to break trail through, and the airy traverse across the North Face cliff bands was pretty exciting. After connecting with the summit, we retraced our route back off the top, and then skied the soft snow back down to the basin before heading to Mount Wilson. It was a really good ski.