The sky was bluebird clear but the wind was howling at over 50 mph across the exposed ridges. We parked in the usual spot and nailed the approach up the south ridge of Castle Peak, a direct line to the top of the bowl with no gully crossings or kick turns required. Once we hit the top of the bowl, we were getting ice blasted by particles chucked at us by the swirling wind with no place to hide. The ski down was through mixed conditions but the long unbroken run was a great reward. There was one soft snow gully that we passed on our way down that had great skiing over a barely covered boulder field. This will be a destination run on our next lap up here.