backcountry skiing with the foothill freak

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October 31
Fred's Trees, Alta
Snow as good as any of the best days of January. Being the first to ski under the still unfinished new chairlift without a single track to be seen in any direction is quite exhillaring. Face shots and that freezing neck sensation for those of us who forgot to bring mufflers was the rule. Snow base totals at Collins Gultch reached 80 inches. I repeat, 80 inches of base in October!!!!


Someguy before being attacked by an angry rhyming tree.

October 30
Michigan City, Honeycomb Chutes, Solitude, Twin Lakes, Lower Patsy Marley

Felt good to crank some mileage on this second weekend of the season. While skiing the empty runs of Solitude we could look over to see the crowds of Brighton, the first resort to open this season. (Opened October 26th).

October 26
South face of West Bowl of Silverfork
Had to go back for more trailbreaking on this south face. New wind events had reshaped the terrain into ribs and fins, and turned the light powder into stiffly whipped cream.

October 24
South face of West Bowl of Silverfork
"Why not break trail straight up to Jaws rather than go up Flagstaff and traverse over", we asked.
"Because it takes over 2 hours when the breaking is deep", was the mountain's reply.
Suprisingly deep, light snow and a cloudy history of no sun exposure made the south flanks an actual ski destination. We aborted plans to ski the north facing slopes to enjoy the longer, steeper lines in exceptionally good form.

October 23
Days Fork
Winter arrived early. Fluffy yet firm powder up to 3.5 ft in depth was enough to forefit the need for rock skis or snowboards. Cornice dropping was fun until Helmutt heard his knee go "pop" when he fell into a crack behind a partially dropped block. Warmish temps combined with falling snow had people loosing their skins right and left. Unless, or course, they were using BD asencions. Not bad for an early season shake down.