|Looking west from Sasquatch Mountain
The first group of pilots were already in the air by the time we arrived on launch (you can drive to the spur road despite all the new snow; the Hammer-mobile went all the way in) and it wasn't looking too promising with north cycles and shading-over skies. But it turned more-on shortly and it didn't matter if it was blue or not...there was plenty of lift in most places.
|At Sasquatch Mountain looking back at Woodside
It was significantly SW over there and not so nice to continue west, so I snuck up to Sasquatch peak to get a few photos and then headed back to Woodside. I didn't leave from very high, 1000m at the bumps, but I found something over Eagle Ranch which gave me an extra 100m and just enough oomph to continue to Woodside proper without committing to the bailout swamp and ignominy.
In the end I flew for 3.5 hours and had quite a nice flight flying over the freshly-snowed-in trees. (Tracklog is here.) Other pilots flew to Agassiz and back, or over to Ludwig and Bridal, while a bunch stayed local and top-landed to drive down the multitude of vehicles. Alan at Bridal had worse luck...he hiked up and then back down as it wasn't really launchable. And I heard Ivan commenting about some Elk flights. Looking at the forecast, this may have been it for the next 4-5 days at least!