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We were late arriving at the ski area, but with beautiful blue skies and not so far to go, I wasn't worried about getting an early start. I took a route through the ski area to allow me to make most of the approach on machine-groomed roads. I stayed close to the southern boundary of the ski area to keep out of the way of skiers as well as to enjoy the views along the two mile long ridge that runs east-west over Bear Mtn. I expected it might take me several hours to push through the deep, untracked snow for the last mile outside the ski area boundary, but as luck would have it I only had to wade through the waist deep stuff for a short distance. Along the ridgetop I found the snow more consolidated and I only sank in 6-8" which made for much easier going, and it took me half the time I expected. In fact the whole outing took only four hours, about 6 miles round trip. I even got an hour and half of snowboarding in when I got back, and because they had stopped checking for lift tickets hours earlier, it didn't cost a dime.
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