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  • #814045
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    December 13, 2017 Bleak….

    After an hour of hiking through the forest with my trusty 1983 Burton Woody I found some BCC flower patches to plow through. Always fun , that stick.

    Apart from that, things are dismal… Today the mountains were socked in by the inversion as well….

    Take what you can get, enjoy it for what it is. Sliding on snow.

    Cheers!

    [edit] BTW apart from it being a tradition, the main reason I rode the woody is so I could wear light hiking boots. No way would I have hiked up in soft or hard boots with a splitboard. YMMV

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

    #814285
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Man kinda a bummer this season so far considering how epic December/January was last year.

    First tour of the season 12/17…Headed up White Pine, wasn’t sure if I was going to do anything other then skin which was fine, just wanted to get on the snow and look around

    looked doable so…up lookers left, middle looked too peppery still, descended lookers right

    its thin, could probably eke out a few lines here and there

    turns were pretty good, surfy over a supportable base

    Skin in/ Skin out

    #814307
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    ^ Looks good Dave! ^

    Sunday Dec 17 – BCC

    Another day hiking with the woody. Just can’t bring myself to haul splitgear cross country to reach snow and the exits – no fucking way.

    In any event, wind protected flower patches had refilled with as much as 3-5″ of loose facted wind deposits, with perhaps an inch of fresh. While challenging to ride what are essentially waterski bindings, the turns were quite good and the hiking was pleasant in midtop hiking shoes. Its pretty rad that this old board is on its thirty fifth season and still a joy to snurf.

    Sorry no pics – I’m not planning to go through the hassle of posting pics here anymore, but you can see them on IG @topodojo if want to see the conditions.

    Cheers!

    Storms please!

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

    #814455
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Winter solstice BCC

    Damn the wind chill was brutally cold on the ridglines today.

    Turns were deep, if not a bit on the chalky, sticky side due to the winds. Made four runs and bailed, due to the cold and not feeling well. Was able to skin from the highway to PP3, taking only minor skin damage. Only exit option was hiking and I really wish I was riding my woody – splitboard kit is heavy!

    More snow please

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

    #814634
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Christmas Day 2017

    PP3

    Approach was better (via Bear Trap Rd) than its been, able to skin from highway
    Deep unconsolidated trail breaking ensued and got progressively grueling.

    PP3 was fantastic settled windchalk, ranging from 8-20″ inches, bad light and overcast sky with strong gusts on the ridges.
    Lots of cracking and slabs in the wind deposits, no sluffing in the area traveled

    The exit above the main trail where there was previously little to no snow was a trench fest, the upper main BTF trail was rideable all the way to the cabin area, which was a shit show to the highway.

    Turns up high were stellar!

    Cheers!

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

    #814828
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Not to go all conspiratorial about this winter, but doesn’t Heat Miser bear a striking resemblance to someone….

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

    #815379
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Went up to Georges bowl Sunday afternoon, lots of tracks, snow was good, decent size avalanche where the upper bowl rolls over to lookers right. ….reading some of the UAC reports seems that some folks are playing w fire out there, saw the Hallway Couloir crown…be safe, its going to be a sketch balls season.

    #815744
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    1/25/2018

    Not a lot to say about this season as we approach the midpoint. Its been dismal, especially for one who prefers to ride the sunny side of the compass. Getting out remains enjoyable, but its more about being in the mountains at this point. Although I’m sick of hiking out the exits out of fear of serious injury, sorry if my foot tracks are off putting for anyone, deal with it.

    I found some good pow turns yesterday, but these were very short, northerly low angle shots. South facing glades on the BCC/MC divide that were stellar this time last year are all but bare, as are the “all the way to the car” lines I typically ride in BCC..

    Tuesday I drove up to Mirror Lake highway and was bummed to find that the area I spent the majority of last January/February doesn’t even have enough snow to go skinning.

    Obviously future water needs and fire danger are more pressing matters at this point, but on a selfish note its been disheartening being unemployed and having lots of time to ride and not having decent snowpack. Who knows, perhaps my job search will be fruitful for both my financial well being and turn this winter around.

    Happy turns if/when you find them.

    Cheers!

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

    #815818
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    1/26/2018
    [edit] Just want to add commentary after watching the Silver Fork avy assessment video from UAC – So glad that I backed down from my line in West Deso and deservedly ashamed for even going up that line alone. I could actually hear the Life Flight heli while I was skinning back over to the PP3 area. Spooky, humbling.

    At last a stellar day of soft turns. Spent eight hours in BCC Friday covering a lot of terrain on all aspects, with slopes up to 40°. Conditions in the morning were overcast with intermittent squalls and poor visibility (stoked to have grabbed goggles at the last minute), bluebird conditions came and went throughout the day, peaking around 4pm before clouds moved in.

    Rode aspens in the morning; both south and west facing off the back of the zones highest ridge (9600′) and explored the infamous north facing side later in the day. Hit a few unplanned rails (logs and stumps) and narrowly missed a few up close encounters with an aspen or two, but it was blower.

    While all of the big name hits nearby had been worked over by noon, the northerly aspect of the prominent ridge I was exploring was pristine. It was hard to resist checking it out and so I did. Although while venturing up the northerly aspect I decided to back off 2/3 of the way up.

    It was hard to back off. It was beautiful, untouched and beckoning, but the risk however small is never worth it to me. Being solo versus being in a group was what ultimately turned me back. The prospect of being caught without any rescue options is a powerful mental image. Besides, there were longer non-avy prone runs to be had in the westerly aspens.

    In retrospect: Was it likely to slide, almost certainly not. Could it? Most certainly! If it slide would I survive? Unlikely. Enough said.

    At any rate, I thought it important to say something positive after my last post. Overall the best day of my season yet. I hope those who weren’t able to get out on Friday get out there this weekend, as high pressure and 50’s in the valley are forecast to return.

    Cheers!

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

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