Hi Tector. Cool avatar. Skyline is normally a great challenge because it is a trail that climbs a little over 8000 feet in just a few miles. Right now, at least the last 1000 feet of climbing would have to be done without any semblance of a trail because the soft, powdery snow is a few feet deep above 7000 feet elevation and probably extends most of the way down to Flatrock. If you go up the tram and walk over to Grubb's Notch you will no doubt see exactly what I mean. Since the trail selects the only viable route among the many false leads that end up topped out at cliffs, it would probably be a fruitless effort right now. I have checked it out from below before when conditions are like this, and each time I have ended up hiking back down. Not a bad thing in itself, but that's the conditions right now. I enjoy Skyline and have done it many times myself, but right now I would just consider it unpleasant and maybe even not possible for all the wrong reasons. A challenge is good, a big challenge is even better. But fruitlessly trying to find the right route while slowly plowing through waist deep powder only to get stuck below yet another cliff is not a challenge.
If you've ever seen my posts before you'll know I'm no Net Nanny, I think everyone has a right to go give it a shot. I am just leveling with you when I say that it will probably suck. I'm thinking late March for my next Skyline. Til then, the peak is stunningly beautiful right now!