Great day on the mountain! Beautiful blue sky, easily found the trail with some help from the rangers. We checked in at the snowbowl lodge and got our backcountry permit right at 11, right at the cutoff. They were extremely nice and helpful, and warned us about avalanche prep and danger. We set off across the ski slope and past the crowds of skiers and into the forest. Climbed up and up and up, no need for snowshoes as the trail was packed. Was just ehat I expected last year but didn’t find it. The trees started thinning out as we neared the ridge/saddle. Jeff was slower than myself and had to wait on him, not bad though. As the trees thinned out the wind picked up and I added layers. A storm rolled in and against my will we turned back – sun was going down plus the wind and clouds. was into a pretty good smowstorm by the time we got back to the car. Felt good all day, we’ll give it another shot early tomorrow morning. Good times.