backcountry skiing with the foothill freak

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Mt. Aire Shoulder
Star Child dissappeared chasing bunnies again. On the positive side, I got an extra run out of searching for her.

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Powder Park
The night before I drempt of brown bagging backcountry skiers eating granola sandwiches on the bleachers and watching beginner tele skiers flail down the moguly slope of Powder Park. In reality, we didn't even make it due to a timing miscalculation. I really wanted to get there too, to see if the bleachers were really there...

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Alta
I know that going to Alta on a dump day to ski fresh tracks is reallly just a wet dream, but sometimes you've just gotta believe.

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Raymond/Porter
I nearly had four heart attacks as this favourite run of mine was strangely transformed into a virtual minefield. Grouse, hidden just beneath the snowpack would come bursting out as I stepped near. One even slammed into my skipole as it burst from the snow beneath me. After breaking trail all day, I came to the realization that randonnee gear is far better for breaking than tele.

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Antelope Island

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Snowbird
Gotta go there at least once a year. Today a woman fell near the top of Great Scott and tumbled halfway down, belting out blood curdling screams the entire way.

Things that make you go Hmmm...

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Mt. Peale,
south face

3000 vert of perfect corn. This is definitely the time of year to catch this classic line. Star Child ate something in camp the night before and barfed all day.

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Gothic Peak
A popular outing from Crested Butte. Once again we managed to get some well timed corn. Each switchback got steeper and steeper on the way up, creating a game of "how steep do you dare to skin before you give up and start boothiking?". We had to climb over a rock band in the steepest part of the chute on the way down.

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Lookout Peak

Often confused with Grandview Peak, Goodlook Peak, and Viewout Peak, this appropiately named area is called Lookout because you have to keep you eyes open for cascading rollerballs and pockets of breakable corn crusts, especially on days like these. Not much of a ski season left in this area...

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Little Superior
South Face

A romp with some friendly folks from a universe far, far away where backcountry skiing has evolved into some kind of competetive sport. Watching spandex clad Euros stride and make kick turns with clockwork precision was enough to blow already freaky minds. Getting to see a large group of colorful, skin tight suit clad athletes gathering at the bottom of the Y colouir was even better.

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