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  • #797842
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    Hey I thought some of you might be interested that Brighton has a new uphill travel policy. They are really clamping down.

    Brighton Resort UpHill Travel Plan

    #797856
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Bringing in the new year w Dan(Wasatch Surf) yesterday.

    Mandatory photo from the Obelisk…Prob my favorite view in the Wasatch

    wasatch surf dropping into Maybird, searching for good snow

    Into Red Pine

    wasatch surf scrambling up the double secret probation chute into…

    White Pine

    Had good fun scrambling up a random unknown chute to find ourselves standing directly over our line into White Pine. Loose deep snow, bouldery moves on mostly good rock, with a little exposure and trusting your feet kept it real.

    Heavy wind effect in most areas traveled with stout wind boards and variable conditions. Concavitys and lee side rollers are holding soft settled pow but most likely will be short lived at upper elevations until you find yourself on the aprons which are wind hammered with supportable and breakable windboards.

    Was contemplating dropping into Hogum but we both thought it wasnt worth the effort given the conditions of that aspect. Great turns were had on the upper halves of the Obelisk and Red Pine chutes, East facing White Pine was holding the best snow with soft creamy turns back down to the main trail.

    We were out mainly for the terrain and views, if your searching for quality turns, trees, mid elevation sheltered areas are the best bet.

    #797884
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    We were out mainly for the terrain and views, if your searching for quality turns, trees, mid elevation sheltered areas are the best bet.

    And well you should be 🙂 Continued riding photo stoke is appreciated.

    Sunday January 1 – Mirror Lake Hwy

    Spent NYD touring off the Mirror Lake Highway and indeed the sheltered areas were the sole domain of soft powdery turning. Anything sun exposed was flip crusted (e.g. face planting assured), or ice. Not a lot of wind effect in the area traveled, but that was largely due to the fact that wind affected in the Uintas tends to mean scoured to bare ground.

    Awakening to half a foot of snow at my house this fine Monday morning, I’m regretting not having the energy to go out again today. For those that do, enjoy!

    Cheers!

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

    #797910
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    I hope most of you got better turns than I did today. With all the new snow in the Cottonwoods I was lured away to American Fork Canyon. I figured I should repay my buddy for always making the trek up to my neck of the woods. We thought we would have excellent snow being so close to the back side of Snowbird. We arrived at Tibble Fork Reservoir to find that I had more snow at my house in the valley. We could see dirt showing through everywhere. It looked like it was October up there. It is a hole for storms. There must have been maybe 2 inches on the ground. Which is probably why no one ever tours there.

    So we went up Provo Canyon instead. The few turns we had we excellent, but it required a lot of bushwacking. I think in the future, I’ll abstain.

    #797918
    mar123
    370 Posts

    thanks snurfer! enjoy your artsy photos as well 🙂

    bummer whitepine,… but yeah got some epic turns today up in Cardiff and Days…it was nuking all day right side up and cold smoke! Its getting deep, it was pretty insane today.

    Sorry no action shots today, rolling solo. Was out from about 12-4, snowing steadily all day and started really nuking around 4….the traffic line down the canyon was gridlock so I drove up and hung out at the Silver Fork Lodge…heard it was taking some folks an hour just to drive from Brighton to Solitude…On my way down around 8pm it was still nuking.

    Put one into Days…skinning back up

    and a couple into Cardiff

    Got a couple of sluffs to run on the steeper rollovers

    love these treed chutes ….they rode super deep and steep 🙂 you cant really see the top section but the tree hallways leading into the chute are best part of the line. No wind funk er bottom feeding today, just proper bottomless cold smoke turns!

    #797977
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Before work epicness today with wasatch surf…. Parking lot was full, hmmm…guess everyone went north.

    hallway to the next white room

    Increasing winds, warmer temps, and any new higher density snow that might fall on top of the light fluff could make for some upside down slabby conditions.

    Upper layer of storm snow is becoming a little bit more cohesive with the current conditions compared to the last few days where it was very low desity and more sluffy. Avy conditions prob on the rise with any heavier new snow and winds forming cohesive slabs.

    Snow is still riding just as good from a few days ago. Exposed areas may have more wind effect though.

    #798001
    mar123
    370 Posts

    messing around with some graphics and shots from today…

    mock Chimera ad….photo quality is pretty poor with my little point and shoot by print standards. but for personal use it works just fine 🙂

    #798040
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    That’s rad Dave!

    #798086
    mar123
    370 Posts

    ^thanks, …nice cliff huck today!

    Pit at apx 9800 N facing Kessler, observed layer of small grained facets under the new storm snow/old snow interface which was non reactive, was able to get a shovel shear but it wasn’t clean and had no energy behind it. Other then that everything was solid and mostly right side up.

    Phenomenal (before work) turns this morning in the Lawnmower and Hanging Meadow w Wasatch Surf

    I prefer surfing the snow verses trenching through it.

    wasatch surf in the cold smoke

    Both runs rode great, Lawnmower snow had a little more body to it and what I would classify as hero/surfy powder, probably my favorite type of snow to make turns in. Hanging Meadow side was holding your classic Wasatch blower and rode a bit deeper.

    Bluebird 5 star riding conditions. Winds were almost non existent. No instabilities on routes traveled.

    #798087
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    Nice run guys. I must admit, I’m envious. I was across the street this morning on Circle All gazing at those lines. Which I’ll say I’m too chicken to hit till spring time conditions. As good as the snow was this morning, I wish I could say I had an untracked line top to bottom. Hope it wasn’t too cold for you. It was a balmy -6 when I got out of the car.

    #798088
    mar123
    370 Posts

    We started around 7:20 and it was a chilly skin along the creek. Once we got up a little it was actually quite pleasant temps to be skinning/riding in. Could’ve been pretty miserable if the winds were blowing though.

    We made the call to go up there last minute as we were driving by. We were on our way to another spot that we rode a few days prior but we turned around. We had a conservative route planned for our first run but as we were skinning up we assessed the snowpack and made the call to ride the Lawnmower instead. Exiting Hanging Meadow was part of our original plan. Hanging Meadow looks intimidating from the road but its a pretty mellow shot if you stay closer to the trees.

    #798118
    Scooby2
    612 Posts

    just beautiful guys.

    #798130
    mar123
    370 Posts

    ^thanks man! Posting in forums is so old school now, haha but thats how I roll ….I admit though, I silently lurk plenty of instagram accounts 🙂

    Turns remain good out there, settled pow and stable…Nic(UTAH) getting motivated 🙂

    motivation

    theres riding lines and then theres doing it with style…Nic style master

    Back up for another, Nic slashing his way into the popper zone

    Greybird, visibility remained good with a high cloud deck, Sun even peaked through for a bit. West winds were off and on along the ridges. Much warmer today. Surfy settled pow.

    #waobs
    @lifeundertheswatter
    @eatshredgotobed

    #798302
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    Awesome tour guys ↑↑.

    I got out this morning before work in the Solitude area. WOW! Snow is amazing, no wind and surfy. We stayed low angle on a WNW shot so didn’t see anything worth yaking about. Poking my pole around, I didn’t feel any rain crusts. Must be good an buried cause it felt bottomless. Careful on those steeper shots though.

    #798305
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Nice Nic and Dave!
    I haven’t been out for a bit due to getting sick and being slammed with work.
    Finally got my computer kind of fixed and was able to look at some photos I snapped the other day.
    Dave mowing god’s lawn

    Little huck that a face planted off of

    Off to Canada, stay safe boys.

    #798421
    equilibrium
    25 Posts

    Yo. Nice work getting after it y’all!

    Anyone done the Hypodermic Needle yet this year? Or previous years? I’m curious how long the approach & return has been for you all on a split. If there are any crux moves etc…

    Thanks!

    #798427
    mar123
    370 Posts

    ^HN is straight forward, no crux just boot right up it. The exit out Hogum has a creek to negotiate and some bushwack at the bottom, could be pretty horrible right now after all the low elevation rain we got. Average for the non skimo racer is probably 4 hours from White Pine…2 hours to the Obelisk and another 2 hours to skin/Boot up the needle. Best would be to hit it on a cold day/or super early start… things can start moving early on that east face.

    Nice day above the depressing valley fog, Nic poppin some pillows

    Its Surfy.

    #798492
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    First off thanks for continuing to post. I don’t know if its just me, but it is a pain in the ass to post with photos. At any rate thanks!

    I spent the past weekend in the Uintas. It was beautifully bone chilling cold in the morning, warm and bright in the sun.

    Saturday I was late to the party so the primary line I rode was already well into the sun and getting wet. I dug a pit and was unable to get much response, what collapse I did get was from the shoulder and did not result in a clean shear. The snow depth was impressive. I made two runs of the line and moved onto the shady aspects and the multitude of low angle popper lines.

    Sunday I got an early start and it was very cold. I knew what to expect from the sun so I gained a ridge that gave me access to both northerly and southerly aspects. Since I wasn’t riding avy terrain I parked my pack at the top and did laps off either side.
    TIP look for jackets that have inner pockets to put your skins in, learn to ride with poles in hand, put your jacket through your belt for the up and have a couple mini biners on zippers for hanging your gloves and hat for the up.

    Too hot? Drop north through the evergreens for light protected blower.
    Need to warm up? Drop onto the sunny open slopes to the south for some sweeping arcs through the heavy cream.

    It was a fantastic weekend! I’ve been trying to learn the logistics of moving through this area for about three seasons now and having adequate snow has helped put it all together. I’m super stoked at the potential of getting a board with fish scales soon, as this will be perfct for this area.

    Sunday: Looking back at Saturdays line, the hourglass shaped glade just left of center

    Pit

    Saturday: Down off the steep section and through the poppers

    Swally track

    Saturday: A second smaller line to get to the shady zones, hourglass glade in background (need fish scales)

    Sunday: Dawn

    Snurfs Up!

    Time for some deep on the shady side

    Artsy surface hoar in shady flats

    Ahhh! The ascent back into the sun

    Cheers!

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

    #798541
    mar123
    370 Posts

    awesome Snurfer, good stuff!!! Love the surfy sigs!

    Headed out to the Oquirrhs today in search of good snow and zero tracks.

    Andy crushes and will burn holes into the sun with his eyeballs….soaking in the views.

    Huge surface hoar feathers made for loud and fast turns today

    Lappin untracked 2K lines, yes please!….Andy droppin into the next shot…great line that funneled into a massive halfpipe

    Great riding conditions today, soft surfy pow. Winds were nukin early in the morning but calmed down a bit as the day progressed, was a bit concerned given the how exposed the slope is, but the snow and even surface hoar was well preserved. A couple of reactive wind slabs, in the last photo you can see debris from a small slab that we popped and it ran over a cliff a ways down.

    #798608
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Yeah Dave! Cool to see some outlands riding.

    But why post about riding? What we really need here is more hardboot talk 😉

    Sorry I jest… it seems that apart from this thread most of the posts are about fiddling with hardboots. Not hating, but damn fellas show us what you’re riding on those plastic slippers O_O

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

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