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  • #795404
    jolson05
    22 Posts

    Hey everyone,

    Let’s get this season’s posts started. Make good decisions and go out after it!.

    #795925
    Snurfer
    1438 Posts

    Can’t help thinking that my first turns of this season will require a road trip… In other news, camping and hiking have been stellar….

    @topodojo IG
    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
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    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #796567
    WhitePine
    501 Posts

    Not to mention mountain & road biking.

    #796742
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Early season conditions are pretty good right now. Heres some stoke for all you weekend warriors!

    Last few days have been great, eased into it yesterday with some resort touring. Today we ventured up to Emmas Ridge and Silver fork West bowl.

    Most things by now in the central SATCH with decent coverage are getting hit…Superior apron, Days, Silver, Grizz, Patsy etc… no instabilities noticed

    Our second lap down the gut….twas nice…Dan dropping, he’s more green than you.

    Bring back that lovin’ feel in’ Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’

    Snow was holding up on south facing, still blower on our exit run down Emma. Temps were pretty cold, not sure what south facing will be like after today. winds were calm yesterday and today.

    #796776
    Snurfer
    1438 Posts

    Wow looks beautiful! Lucky bastards. Dan is looking so very 1989 😉

    This is me @ PowMow 1989

    @topodojo IG
    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #796791
    mar123
    370 Posts

    ^YES! ….Monochromatic kits are all the rage this year…I need to get an orange jacket.

    #796832
    Doug
    23 Posts

    ^YES! ….Monochromatic kits are all the rage this year…I need to get an orange jacket.

    LOL 🙂 The orange and the lime. Come to think of it I sort of resemble a blueberry

    Checked out BCC this morning. It was gently snowing when I headed out in the dark and it was bitter cold.

    Snow at the trailhead was impressive, but lost some luster once I began breaking trail. It appears the bulk of the snow arrived in one wave, so it is bridged over brush and deadfall. Ski penetration made trail breaking and general travel arduous. I was very much dreading the descent thinking I’d get hung up on deadfall, but it was nice to be out so I climbed on.
    Nearing a ridgeline as the sun came up it was near whiteout conditions and so fucking cold. My fingers went immediately numb as I transitioned, but on the positive side the clouds broke and I had clear visibility for my entire descent. A descent which end up being stellar! Like choking on snow stellar.

    If the storms continue to provide, it should be a pretty good season.

    Cheers!

    #796880
    Snurfer
    1438 Posts

    Got out in BCC early again today. Approach was southerly where conditions have deteriorated badly since yesterday. Unsheltered south aspects are now crusted and frozen, where as yesterday it was powdery with significant ski penetration.

    Other aspects continue to ride well. Was expecting a bit of sunshine today after yesterdays brutal cold but it was a grayscale day as far as one could see. Colder than forecast and visually bleak.

    Where I didn’t see a single other person yesterday, I saw one splitter today (Nice meeting you Chris). Turns were really good, but a lingering ankle issue from last year came back with a vengeance (Sucks getting old…).

    Slopes from 25-35° East/Northeast no instabilities encountered, brushy and woodsie on the exit

    Cheers!

    @topodojo IG
    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #796917
    mar123
    370 Posts

    follow me on splitboardagram, mar123

    lappin chutes yesterday w Nic aka UTAH…greybird but good visibility

    uno

    dos

    tres

    cuatro

    adios amigos

    periodically breezy off the ridges, some wind slabs forming, found good stability on all aspects

    #796944
    Snurfer
    1438 Posts

    Wow Dave/Nic, what a cool zone! Looks fun.

    Took a drive up to the Uintas Sunday. It’s not really winter up there yet, so…

    I stopped off along the interstate on the way home and did a quick skin in the Wasatchback. Mostly split-skiing and character building (brushwhacking).

    All aspects except due north are brushy as expected, as are all aspects below about 8k’. Exposed due north was interesting as the entire one to two feet of snow is all loose facets. Weird area with some potential and quick access.

    Cheers!

    @topodojo IG
    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #797056
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Headed up Porter fork to check out some new(for me) terrain. Snow was still fantastic, snagged a couple fun lines.

    BCC view

    Freshies

    The snow faceting didnt seem too bad, Gobblers looked wind jacked, some wind board covered by 3-4 inches of new very light snow towards the ridges in exposed spots, Although almost all the areas traveled was still settled blower pow.

    #797097
    Snurfer
    1438 Posts

    Got out for a quick afternoon tour in BCC. Conditions at the trailhead were a bit damp and temps were warm, but coverage continues to improve with each storm. 3-4″ of fresh at the highway up to 8-10″ above 9k’ with winds causing considerable variation in depth. Significant bridging over brush and deadfall continues to make for arduous trail breaking. Hopefully the forecast sierra cement will smash things down a bit.

    Had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of Howie Garber today, share trail breaking duties and some good turns. Its always a treat meeting the folks that have been doing this stuff for decades and still get’n after it.

    Rode an easterly line from a summit and it was creamy settled with some chalky wind transport. West thru north looked jacked where exposed to recent winds. But tracks were evident on all the usual lines.

    Looking forward this arctic river thingy

    Cheers!

    @topodojo IG
    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #797143
    Snurfer
    1438 Posts

    Wow! what a difference a few storms make, seemed like old times.
    Not much to offer in the way of observations, if you looked you could find a bit of everything, grauple, wind crust, deeeeep pow, chalky… Kept it mellow on the sunnyside, super fun!

    Hey theres a party on the cone!

    Doodling

    Cheers!

    @topodojo IG
    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #797144
    WhitePine
    501 Posts

    Great pictures everyone. Making me drool. Got out on Saturday. Down low it was wet mashed potatoes. Up high, that sweet Medellin Gold.

    #797156
    Snurfer
    1438 Posts

    Thanks Corey, glad you got out Saturday.. The 7200/Wasatch Blvd intersection was a nightmare by the time I got there so I sat Saturday out.

    I was a bit beat when I did my initial report so here is a bit more about the conditions Sunday.

    Left Spruces about 6:45 it was lightly snowing with gusty winds in exposed terrain. Sort of cold and a midlayer and shell were perfect for the approach.

    2″ on approach cabin road over rock hard base increasing to 4″ over Saturdays tracks at Blunder Fork
    Ski penetration just off trail was up to 10″. This increased/decreased significantly dependent on wind exposure. As much as 2’+ in select areas. In the area ridden boot penetration approached 3′!

    Due west exposed upper terrain and ridges looked to be scoured down to rocks and brush, the result of west winds and resulting in cornice formation most evident on east, north east facing ridges. Due south ridglines were wind board and scoured. I did not venture onto the nearby north facing as the lines were angled above my risk threshold. Most of the steeper lines looked very slabby and convex and while they were enticing, it wasn’t hard to pass on them.

    Protected glades and bowls of all aspects were the beneficiaries of the wind as the areas were well filled in and consistently deep. Early in the day as the storm moved out these areas rode a bit slow, but improved considerably with settlement and sun. I ended up touring for twelve miles and bout 5K’ of up and down. It was so good I didn’t feel tired and really wanted to keep going, but an empty belly and good judgement had me heading for the exit around 4pm.

    I’ll take as many days like this as I can get, awesome.

    @topodojo IG
    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #797160
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    awesome work boys!

    Can’t wait to link up with you Snurfer.

    It’s been a great season so far. I’ll spare any observations for now as it seems to be covered. Here is some photo stoke from the past two weeks

    Silver Fork from Day 1 at Solitude

    So fucking good in West Bowl, just before Mar123 dropped a monster powder bomb

    Good lookin out LCC

    Wally World with the Lady

    Jeff and Doug made a surprise visit from HI and NM, we scored solo runs all morning in West Deso and Beartrap

    Willow Skin Track Stoke

    Big Cornices forming in the Monitors

    More snow on tap! Stoked to shred with all of you.

    #797162
    Snurfer
    1438 Posts

    Beautiful shots Dan! Cool that you got to tour with Jeff.

    Def, lets do a tour or two this season. I’ll PM you my current digits…

    Cheers!

    @topodojo IG
    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #797182
    Snurfer
    1438 Posts

    Got out early for one and done before work… You can have your pie on any crust you like today, but topping selection will be limited by area traveled…

    Selective turns were pretty good in sheltered areas out of sun and wind, loose wind filled powder and chalky.. Exit of choice was fucking spicy!

    @topodojo IG
    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #797300
    mar123
    370 Posts

    headed up to Willows area today w/ Wasatch Surf for a few laps…


    #lifestoshortforwiggleturns

    Keeping it mellow. Snow rode great.

    #797328
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Headed up White Pine…on our way to North er Northeast(ish) Lake Peak

    Some isolated wind effect up high, non reactive, graupel under windboard noticed

    high n facing Lake Peak…suspect whale, cut it w/ no results

    looking across at our previous line from Red Baldy, getting ready to drop

    Wasatch Surf, surfing it up

    lines…exiting from the bottom of lake peak

    We found good stability on all routes traveled…Tested many steep slopes on our way up without any results. Most of White Pine has a nice amount of low density snow sitting on top of a wind board that has bonded well making for some really nice supportable surfy turns… the wind board seems to have welded things in place. Graupel was noticed under the windboard but was not a factor.

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