What's in this Area?
From the Summit. The primary ski is down the south face of Mt Toll. there are a couple of different options from an open snow field to a fairly narrow couloir. Both of which provide nice turns. Once down from the main snow field and conditions permitting make you way back to Blue Lake and follow the same trail you took on the way in to get out.[more]
Twining Peak is to the North of Highway 82, with a variety of lines. There is a big south facing bowl that leads back down to either the top of the pass, or the west side of the highway. There are also some much steeper lines on the East Facing side off of the ridge that will head back down to the East side of the pass. This peak will give you access to Deer Mountain, Geissler, and other peaks
How to Get There
From the top of the pass (highway 82) you want to head due north, up towards the ridge. The approach is pretty gradual, but then you will loop around a couple of smaller cirques. The large face you see in front of you is Twining, and you can take the steeper snow or head towards the east and hit up the ridge. There is generally a large cornice up there, and on your right (east) it is very prominent. Ski lines are to the West (entrances need to be downclimbed) to the East (steeper) or to the South.
Lots of camp spots around Independence Pass
Highway 82 is closed in the winter