After four failed attempts to find decent early season skiing in the areas around Mount Rainier and Mount Baker, last weekend we finally scored. Big. Erik Svege called me on Saturday morning with a great idea. Pack up the truck, drive north and try to make our way to the Hidden Lake Peaks Lookout by dark. Well, we didn’t make it before dark, but we made it, and the next morning we woke to perfect weather, stable cold powder and the enviable position of being perched atop a 7000′ peak in the North Cascades with outstanding skiing in every direction. Here’s a little peek at paradise.