The short version
Despite an awful forecast (overcast, 50% chance of snow) Steve and I decided to try for La Plata, expecting a fairly brutal time in the weather. We made good time on the well-packed snowshoe superhighway to treeline, where we gained the northwest ridge. The overcast cleared out and by summit we were in the sunshine with no wind. We couldn't have asked for a nicer day, and the spotty weather system made for some incredible views on the peak.