Circle all wack off
Pleanty of gate bashing backcountry off circle all peak. I'd reccommend several
more feet of snow before returning here...
Alta Resort Day
My friends made me do it! Chocking on powder on the first run seemed worth the
price of admission. Mixed feelings about the new chair...
Perfect choice for this day as the avy danger grew with every lap. Tons of
fun to be out during some major accumulation.
Leftover Turkey Day Tour
What could possibly be better than eating turkey after a full day
of skiing? Why, it's skiing the day after thanksgiving with a backpack
full of turkey leftovers!
To Share the love, we brought Star Child with us to one last tour at Deer Valet
before the resort opens next weekend. There was about 8 inches of new snow
a mysterious and often crusty base that was constantly challenging your fore & aft
center of balance. Looked good, felt like shit. I always think of Deer Valley
as a warm haven, but suprisingly cold temps kept us moving. The stellar
leftovers had to wait for the drive home...
Turkey Day Tour
Sure, the Thanksgiving day feast was going to be at the freak Bachealor Pad,
but that's no reason to stay home cooking all day. We simply divied out cooking
responsibilities and found someone to watch the turkey for us. When it comes
to skiing, at times you must delegate! Despite rather low moral and less than
inspiring conditions, we managed to put in a couple laps in Maybird, and make
it back to the pad in time to eat ourselves into a coma.
Days Fork Snowboarding
Lucky for us, there were still some untracked lines in Days fork. It's been almost
three weeks since significant precipitation, yet we found some absolutely scrumptous
powder. Even more proof that ski resorts should just be avoided entirely....
Cloud Chasing on Mt. Wire
5 AM I got the call. Powder Princess was blowing chunks to the proceline throne.
Without a backup buddy to ski with I decided to go back to sleep. But my thighs
kept me awake. They wanted to climb. They didn't care if it was dark and rainy
out. They wanted to pound out some vert. So my legs dragged me out of bed and
up to Red Butte, where they took me up my favorite trail that goes straight from
the car to the top of Mt. Wire. The smell of wet sage was a welcome scent, overpowering
the stale wafts of smog and ozone. Climbing the cold, wet rungs of the radio
tower to the top provided a 360 view of nothing but fog. Rain chased me back
down to the valley.
Sniffer Ski At Deer Valley, Empire Area
Suprisingly, we weren't the only totally desparate skiers out there who had decided
to brave the early summer like heat. Star Child was thrilled to finally get in
some quality powder porpoiseing. Deer Valley is an excellent spot for early season
sniffer-skiing as dogs are welcome and some steep, N facing lines are right in
front of the parking lot. Watch out for brown snow and bring some sun screen.
Twig-a-lishous and Powder Princess looking for some
boys to intimidate in Wolverine Cirque.
Chute schopping: Wolverine cirque and Tuscarora
We hiked up Grizzely Gulch, following the ridge along Patsy Marley, The Cirque,
up to Wolverine peak, with our heads glued to our left shoulders, looking for
the perfect chute. The Sickel seemed long and tasty so we hit that for starters.
After another line in the cirque, we worked our way over towards Tuscarora were
we skied a north facing chute, then crossed over a notch onto the east face,
which was sun crusted to perfection. We finished with a setting sun home run
from 10,595 (Point Supreme?).
Foothill shreds Baldy Main Chute, Helmutt practices good skiing safety
Baldy Main Chute
Deciding to ski main
chute was easy as looking down little chute was a real sphincter
tightner. The low snowpack accentuated
the teeth of this run, and the crux was narrow and long enough
to ensure more side slipping than I care to practice before breakfast.
Main Chute was soft and powdery, allowing smooth,
round turns. Tombstone at the bottom was as good as ever. The real
danger of the day was when we
tucked the semi-groomed run back to base. I forgot to pre-jump
a big rollover near the new mid-station and caught more air
than recommended when going 30mph+ over a still frozen, hacked groom
It wasn't a total
yardsale. After I had finally come to a stop, one ski had
somehow managed to stay on. I had skidded so hard that when I
backwards! I was still laughing about it when I made it to work an
Baldy Chutes are always an excellent choice for
an early morning flushing.
If you're ever thinking of skiing Scott's bowl this early in the season, I've
got a bit of advice for you: DON'T GO! If you do go, I've got some more advice:
you're probably bigger, stronger,
smarter than those sticks at the bottom of the run so lean back, keep your tips
don't have any crash landings on punjabis. Beautiful place to watch the sunrise
and to contemplate wether the noise that radiates from Little Cottonwood Canyon
comes from wind, water, or traffic.