Forums Trip Reports Arizona: A season recap, and a season primer
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  • #579254
    Rico in AZ
    559 Posts

    The stoke is running high here, so here’s a little sumthin.

    Early winter 2012-2103 started off looking like this,

    And then quickly got started with a big dump,

    We got started with a quick tour in the ski area for some low tide surfing. Funny story: we pull into the parking lot and start getting gear ready. I notice a pasty white guy with a huge pro camera in shorts geeking out and shooting photos. He starts chatting us up. Turns out he’s a AP staff photographer, and a photographer for the paper in Rutland, VT. He shot this photo of us starting uphill. Don’t know if the photo was ever printed.

    My wife finally got a touring rig, so we went out to one of the little hills to practice. She quickly found out that snow out the side ski area is very different. She had fun but it’s a work in progress.

    There were some solo tours in January with absolutely no action photos whatsoever.


    Storms really started hitting in mid February.
    With them came sketchy wind slabs and good turns.


    And day trips into the Humphrey’s Cirque. There was a little something for everyone; splitbooting, bright sun, and creamy snow.



    My split season culminated with a local cabin trip.
    The approach through the pumice mine was already getting pretty burnt,

    Zen in a mine wasteland,

    The hantavirus hotel, plush!

    Splitchimp, splitting,



    Probably the most frequent flyer slide path on the Peaks, Telemark,



    And a season primer:
    We kicked off the season last weekend with a big storm which delivered enough to get out on.



    #672710
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Rad! Still wanna get down there sometime to check out AZ

    #672711
    802smuggler
    369 Posts

    Nice pictures, man. My lady friend is my favorite touring partner; good luck! Also, the paper in Rutland is called the Rutland Herald incase you want to get in touch and see if you can find a copy for the mancave wall.

    #672712
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Awesome rico, always love seeing pics of your zone down there. Take care, cheers to 2014.

    #672714
    Zude
    367 Posts

    Bringing back good memories.. Is that picture with your wife out by the cinders? My friend Siborg and I have been doing some mini-tours on the wet cement. Cinders are riding great with 10-12″ :lol:, look forward to exploring the big mountain with y’all again this season.

    #672715
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    I gotta get to flagstaff this season. Vegas too. Maybe Death valley. That triop would make for an epic TR

    #672713
    Taylor
    794 Posts

    Thanks for that, Rico – here’s to another year! Grateful for our excellent little crew here in Flag. Any of you ever come through, look us up!

    @sun_rocket

    #672716
    Rico in AZ
    559 Posts

    @TEX wrote:

    I gotta get to flagstaff this season.

    Stop in for a tour and a night on your way to the San Juan Splitfest. It should only be about 5 hours to Flag.

    @Taylor wrote:

    Grateful for our excellent little crew here in Flag.

    Thanks to all my local brothas; you guys make good days great!

    #672717
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    The one picture of the slide path sure looked like a fun day could be had up there :drool:

    @TEX wrote:

    I gotta get to flagstaff this season. Vegas too. Maybe Death valley. That triop would make for an epic TR

    Tex let me know if you want to meet up in Vegas! After the Vegas trip a couple years ago, I want to head back.

    #672718
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    Sweet Rico. Great to have some early season porn.

    I had the pleasure of mtbing in Flag with Rico this summer and he was an excellent host. Hit him up Tex. Mountains are sweet too.

    #672719
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    NIce Rico! It’s good to see people getting out after it…keep up the stoke….yoooo-lay!

    #672720
    azsplitter
    15 Posts

    Nice TR, looks like you had a great shredfest last season.. I am stoked to join the fun! So you can actually camp/get in the inner basin cabin??? Didn’t know that.

    #672721
    Zude
    367 Posts

    You can camp any-were below 9,000 (below wilderness) camping in the IB is illegal.

    #672722
    azsplitter
    15 Posts

    I know that you can’t camp in the inner basin, but it looks like from the picture in ricos TR, that you can actually gain access to the cabin’s near the spring water? I always thought they were locked. Hantavirus hotel…?

    #672723
    MHolmes
    190 Posts

    Good photos, and a really cool zone.

    #672724
    Zude
    367 Posts

    @azsplitter wrote:

    I know that you can’t camp in the inner basin, but it looks like from the picture in ricos TR, that you can actually gain access to the cabin’s near the spring water? I always thought they were locked. Hantavirus hotel…?

    Definitely the Hanta-hotel…..Not sure about the other question

    #672725
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    what’s the season length like out there?

    Arizona is on my weird spots to snowboard list, along with Hawaii. 😆

    #672726
    Taylor
    794 Posts

    @cometogether wrote:

    what’s the season length like out there?

    Arizona is on my weird spots to snowboard list, along with Hawaii. 😆

    It is weird. Seasons are highly variable, and can be Jan to Mar, or Oct – July, depending on annual and decadal gyrations of the eastern Pacific. I’ve ridden 2000′ in July looking out at 100 deg red desert. It’s ground zero for subtropical jet flows. Flag actually has a deep snowboard history and since the early 80s has had a core group of riders. It produced several early national champs, Transworld’s senior editor for many years, Steward (corporate mastermind), and the brothers Brandon based from here for a while in high school, etc.

    @sun_rocket

    #672727
    bs.
    246 Posts

    lookin good (especially that topo map… i wish my nat geo maps looked that nice!)

    flagstaff riding is fun… i had a blast on my one weekend out there a few seasons back. good crew, and better snow than you’d think!

    #672728
    Taylor
    794 Posts

    Scenes from a mid-country session with Zude and Splitchimp. South face: nada. North face: 13″ atop popcorn cinders; nary a nick, sessioning for weeks.

    @sun_rocket

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