About the foothill freak ski blog

For purely scientific purposes, (and because he has a shorter memory than a goldfish) the freak has decided to maintain a ski blog. To see what's happening and to see who's laid tracks where, follow these links to months of freakin action.

2007/2008 Ski Season

After getting off to a late start, this season has finally begun. October had some early dumps that made for decent snowboard descents and lots of early optimism. Then a huge high-pressure ruined November, rotting out the snowpack, forcing ski resorts to open two weeks later planned, and keeping the snow freaks confined to the few areas where snow was to be found: in front of snow making equipment.

2006/2007 Ski Season

It was another poor year for foothill skiing. The Upper reaches of the typically powdery Wasatch were also less than optimal, thus inspiring the Tupperware Fake Out Report. But true freaks know how to turn limons into limonade. A massive low-pressure was a good excuse to try a new trans-canyon route starting at Little Pine Chute. Then, when the snow finaly returned, we happed to be up at Baldy Knoll Yurt, where suprisingly stable conditions lead us to the steeps. In March, our group of freaks was the first to arrive at the stunning remains of a massive Gobblers Knob Avalanche. In May, we finally summitted the elusive Mount Nebo, and then went to The Tushar Mountains in the Feelmore Virgin Beaver area, for an inspirational recon.

The stunningly sparse snowpack, and early, warm temps pretty much killed the spring ski season so many plans had to be put on hold. Instead, energies were directed to a South American Skiing Road Trip, that we completed in September.

2005/2006 Ski Season

Another poor year for foothill skiing, but quiet an epic year in the upper Wasatch. The season didn't get started in force until shortly after Thanksgiving, but it was well worth the wait. Small but frequent storms freshened up the mountains seemingly every other day. Constant storms and fair temperatures kept the snowpack very stable. Across the range folks went off and skied almost everything imaginable. Spring skiing was excellent, though a very hot summer made year round skiing increasingly difficult come August and September.

Hightlights of this season include a trip to the Fairy Meadows Hut in British Columbia Canada, a stay at the Commisary Ridge Yurt in the Tetons, a weekend in the Deep Creek Mountains, a visit to Silverton Colorado, and a quick trip back to Mt. Adams Washington. Excellent day tours of this season took us to Box Elder Peak, Neff's Canyon Chutes, Snowbird's Pipeline Couloir, and to Brightons Seagull Couloir.

2004/2005 Ski Season

Bad year for snow down on the low down. Voodoo for snow below 7000 ft didn't work. But the upper peaks received epic porportions of powder all season long, providing one of the most consistently skiable seasons in remembered history.

Winter arrived in earnest with an 80 inch base at Collins by the end of October. Team freak made it's first trip to Canada to the Kokanee Glacier Cabin, an event that is likely to become an annual event. One of the team freak members was even featured on a national news report on the hazards of avalanches.

This season was not only blessed with deep snowfall in the upper Wasatch, but it also maintained a relatively cool summer. It was an excellent year to ski every month of the year. The Freak celebrated his 12 month of skiing in a row on a colorful September day on Mount Timpanogos.

2003/2004 Ski Season

It was a good winter for the foothills. A huge, low elevation dump over the christmas holiday wiped out powerlines and choked snow blowers throughout Salt Lake City. Shoveling and sliding on snow became a way of life for the entire city for 48 hrs straight. Then the winter stayed cold, and the sun rarely came out from behind a protective film of clouds. Low elevation lines stayed snowy for most of the season, enabling freaks to link turns on rare wasatch gems like Antelope Island, Grandure Peak into Parleys, and E Street in the Aves.

Powder and snowpack depths were preserved well into spring. Ridiculously safe avalanche conditions allowed many to push the envelope onto steeper terrain. Moguls formed in the Y Couloir, a whole new school of twin tippers entered the backcountry, yet there were no skier avalanche fatalities. Unless, of course, you count the snowboarders.

However, spring in the Wasatch came way to hot and fast. Late March, April and May were ususually warm, preventing proper corn from corning and skiers from skiing. A freak storm in the end of May brought incredible powder, and a small crowd of diehards converged on the upper bowls of Alta. Then in June, July, and August, the snowpack just completely went to shit.

The rest, my fiends, is history.