fishmonger wrote:That said - I came here searching for some Alpine Col ski info - seems like in winter this pass gets a lot of use to get into the Muir Pass region. Which one is easier in April - Alpine Col or Lamarck? From what I can tell online they seem to be about the same with local conditions such as cornices making all the difference, but slope angles appear similar.
Other than the fact you have to go over two passes rather than one to get in from the Eastside, Alpine Col is easier than Lamark: I have never seen it with a cornice, it lacks the two steep sections of Lamark and most importantly in my book, it most always has snow on both sides (in the snow season). Lamark on the other hand, is usually "burnt/blown out" on the SW side for a long way, requiring a lot of booting.