What's in this Area?
From the summit, cut through the trees to return to the second headwall. At the bottom of the first snowfield/meadow, pick your way through the trees staying left (most people take the gully and cut left) to another prominent meadow. One more group of aspens, and the third meadow becomes apparent. Just beyond the trees at the bottom of the third meadow is the road where you started.
Numerous variations exist into some rather tight trees, but this route is well-traveled enough that you can get pow turns in the meadows and follow tracks through the trees to the next mostly-unskied meadow.
If you are skiing early season, keep in mind there is a lot of deadfall and broken leg potential lurking under shallow snow, especially in the aspen trees.[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