backcountry skiing with the foothill freak

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Toledo Chute
Dusted off the skiis for this one. Excellent corn.

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West Porter
Excellent corn up in this area, and the porter fork road had pleanty of exciting old turds to avoid on the way down.

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Little Pine
A little late in the year to try this one, but at least the little snow that was there was very skiable. We made it about 65% up to a long and choked constriction too narrow to even slide slip.

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Da Fang & Days
The usual Days fork tour, but with incredible snow for the latter half of April. The foot of new snow also made for some excellet avalances. From ski cutting the top of the runs, I started some of the biggest slab avalances I'd seen in years. Total Fun! The skiing was great too. Each time we neared the top of the ridge, we could hear the crowds on top of high rustler partying hard. Skiing back down to Alta was terrifying as there was Zero snow under the new snow. It looked like powder, felt like rocks. We got back to the car to a setting sun at 8:15.

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Stone Crusher
AKA Wet Sluffer

An afternoon quickie where we thought we'd find some good powder left over from 4 days of snow storms. Unfortunately a few hours of heat and sun had cooked the powder on all aspects. At least the west facing powder was soft from solar radiation, and it made for some excellent wet slides. As we went up the trees next to stone crusher, a large natural wet avalance came scraping down next to us. I tested out my split board tele skis and loved the floatation.

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Tri-Chutes
Manky pre-corn, but fun none the less. This was my first time to ski this line which is exactly 2000 vert of everything you could ask for in one run. Powder princess was conjuring up multiple roller balls that quickly grew to her height as they rolled down behind her, unable to catch up.

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Baldy Little Chute/Dog Leg
True freaks rejoyce the closing of Alta as it marks open season for Baldy Chutes. Snow everywhere on the mountain was about as bad as you could ask for, but the snow in the Chutes was perfect for carving steep turns and sinking in a good edge.

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