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  • #574515
    lifelinksplit
    282 Posts

    Well looks like the old thread got deleted and i’m a moron with computers so i dont know how to copy/find the old thread. Anyways figured I’d throw up a new one.

    Went for a lazy tour up to the northern bridgers with the dog yesterday(3/8). Snow was pretty sun/wind affected on the S and SW aspects in the basin north of frazier. While I didn’t check the more northernly aspects they were looking pretty fresh. Dug a few pits on a S and SW aspects since I planned on skiing a protected chute that was SW facing. Found great results and on multiple columns my weakest score was CT18 with Q3 shears despite an ice layer buried 35cm down and losse facets near the ground. However the winds were howling pretty good, esp on ridgetops, and from multiple directions. So I ended up just having some fun split skiing some 35deg gullies. If anyone was watching they would have gotten a good laugh when I almost buried a tip after forgettting to put a riser down! There should be some good skiing on north faces as long as these freaking temps calm down. I might just have to roll the dice and head into the northern absarokas sat for an extended head clearing session

    #637578
    samh
    726 Posts

    Damn forum software deleting our threads. Your results in Frazier were similar to what we experienced at Ross Pass on Sunday also. I got no results out of my ECT other than the freshies that slabbed off the top.

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    #637579
    samh
    726 Posts

    Toured Ellis late in the day today. Skin up was in slop in the sun and icy in the shade. Toured up to a few hundred feet below the summit and all three of us had untracked lines from top to bottom. The top 2/3 was in really nice snow (I banged our ECT pit to 30 with no real results). The bottom 1/3 was getting pretty fuct by the sun but still had some pushiness to make turns in.

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    #637580
    Joeyzims
    100 Posts

    On the 29th me and southparksplitnek got out an ripped the Butt Crack Couli off Middle Peak. We found a fairly well consolidated right side up pack that wasn’t breaking in our pits. At about 9000ft on a Eish aspect we did find a weird ice crust about 2ft down that was capping a facet layer. While this layer wasn’t breaking in our ICT’s we were able to get it break clean when poked, prodded and pounded well beyond the average test. We rode but I will be keeping an eye on the layering.

    Which gets me to the reason for the post…. What the hell is happening out there? This is certainly unusual weather. Weird freezing levels, obscure wind patterns and more Fing rain. I have noticed weird loading patterns in the spanish peaks and these slabs haven’t been warning when they want to pop because in my opinion of the density of the new snow.

    Guess i’m holding off on getting some more big lines for a little bit until I can get a grasp on these patterns 😥 Has anyone been out in the N Gall’s or Bridgers? Wondering if it’s mostly snow in the Bridgers? Also it would be nice to know if anyone else has been seeing strange loading patterns. Downright ugly out.

    #637581
    Joeyzims
    100 Posts

    POW :guinness:

    During the week of my previous post I came across a lot of activity down low and on shaded aspects at all elev. Two slides buried the road up to dudley with 2ft deep crowns spanning 150ft across at least. Lighting sucked so no pics that justify it.

    From what I can tell most instabilities have settled out well. Most trails in the SP are still covered and mostly ski/skinable from the canyon…

    #637582
    samh
    726 Posts

    Bridger Bowl was pretty good yesterday. Skinned along regular track under Bronco and up good track to Ridge, then continued North to Hidden Couloir. A bit punchy up high but nice and soft all the way down to the Alpine lift. Stayed in board mode ’til a little bit above the lower Alpine terminal and then switched to ski mode and rode in ski mode (no skins) down to parking lot. Was even making some tele turns along the way!


    View of B-Gully from skin track. Photo taken near “Sometimes/A Great Notion”.

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    #637583
    PedroDelfuego
    758 Posts

    Glad to see your still out there killin’ it Sam.

    Cheers :drinks:

    #637584
    samh
    726 Posts

    Just need to get turns in June 2011 and I’ll have 12 consecutive months of at least one day per month of riding. w00t!

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    #637585
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    Picked up my first splitty this Dec. and I have yet to put it down!

    samh, im looking to get at least 1ride/month this summer-fall.
    Did you get your 12 consecutive months within MT?
    If so, any tips for July/Aug/Sept?

    THX!

    #637586
    samh
    726 Posts

    Yeah, got all my turns in Montana.

    July – Black Mountain – Absarokas
    August – “The Great One” – Bridgers
    September – “The Great One” – Bridgers

    Went out last weekend into the Gallatins and got June turns. 12 months consecutive is complete!

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    #637587
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    The riding and coverage are both unbelievably good out there right now. Some select pics from June:


    Blackmore NF on May 31


    The Crazies, June 4th


    The Crazies, June 10th

    #637588
    samh
    726 Posts

    Pics are broken but can be found here:

    Blackmore etc

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    #637589
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    Anybody planning on riding in the area the next few weekends?
    If so, I would love to join.

    I’ve found the most challenging aspect of splitboarding is finding riding partners. All of my comrades are in summer mode by now, unfortunately!

    #637590
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    edit: figured it out!

    #637591
    samh
    726 Posts

    I’m headed to the Midwest to visit family for a week but I’ll be doing a ski trip first week of July. I did Black Mountain (Pine Creek drainage, Absarokas) last July and it was stellar. This year should be even better given the massive snowpack.

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    #637592
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    Looking at some of your trips SamH- very cool!
    I think I am going to hit something a little closer this weekend.

    Perhaps Blackmore- I saw your pics of that hike a couple of weeks back and it looks lovely.

    Unfortunately, I will be traveling for the first week of July- my turn for a vacation!

    #637593
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Some more photos from this excellent June. If things cool off again, there’ll be more good turns to be had. Sorry for the skier shots…

    Ryan on a fun line between Crazy and Big Timber Peaks.

    Kate shredding the Rock Creek Headwall on Beartooth Pass.

    Simon headed towards the Headwall- lots of snow left in the Beartooths!

    George headed down Big Timber Peak

    #637594
    samh
    726 Posts

    Nick, what time of day were you hitting up the lines in the Crazies and the Beartooths? Topping out at 9am? Earlier? Later?

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    #637595
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Sam- sorry for the late response. Those lines in the Crazies were full on east or northeast facing, so we arrived on top of them between 8 and 9. The day on Rock Creek we had was quite cold actually, so we shredded all day long. Not that any of this info has any value at this point in the “season”… I suspect most things have made the transition to full on summer snow by now! But I wouldn’t know. Anyone been out recently? I’ve been in California for the last couple weeks wishing I’d brought the split.
    Here’s some photos from the end of June and early July, plus a link to a fun edit from my pal Ryan from our (possibly last of season) adventure into the Tobacco Roots on 7/1. Pretty fun conditions

    Me shredding between Crazy and Big Timber Peaks near the end of June

    Me on the summit of Mount Jackson in the Tobacco Root Mountains, July 1st. Still AWESOME coverage back there at that point.
    http://vimeo.com/26094109
    A fun film of our line on Mt. Jackson.
    Thanks to Ryan Minton for all the camerawork.

    #637596
    samh
    726 Posts

    I haven’t been out since the first week of June. I found some video footage I shot from the last week of May (Bridger Bowl) and the first week of June (Blackmore) and made a short edit.

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