Every time I visit the Whitney Portal area, I always look up at Thor Peak and wonder about skiing it—but I never do. This time, erratic coverage in the Eastern Sierra had us scrambling for a backup plan, and when I looked up at Thor Peak's east couloirs, they both looked pretty well filled in. The summit snowfield was smooth but much too soft; we'd missed it by probably at least two hours, expecting the day to be much colder than it actually was. But the (camera) left chute below turned out to be a lot of fun. Good pitch, great views.
April 19, 2011