Post subject: Checkin in from the Wasatch........again.
Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:48 pm
Joined: Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:43 pm Posts: 870
Checkin in from the Wasatch with another Kobernik style, weekend warrior, granola eating TR. It's been a typical year so far in the Wasatch with deep slab instabilities, January corn cycles and epic March days. I've managed to keep good company, stay safe and shred good snow since I last checked in, in December.
Low snow and lot's of high pressure in December turned the Wasatch into a sandbox. Good for getting on steeper lines but not so good for when we get back in the flow. In January we almost always get a corn like cycle where you can follow the sun and find good turns, especially on the Eastern facing aspects. Photos from mar123 More January Corn with Buckchow We finally seem to get back in the flow around Febuary. Multiple wet high density storms were enough to break the camels back and we went through a pretty large deep slab cycle. Tree Runs with the bros! A week of warm days and colder nights was enough to bring the probability of triggering something large down but careful consideration of your line was still really important. By the end of February the snow was behaving more like it was spring. The sky seemed the limit and mar123 and I were looking to get on some steeper slopes. A slight density inversion and overnight winds changed our plans but we were still able to have fun with careful terrain management. Poppers and cliffs were the order of the day. Photos by mar123 In typical spring fashion the snow set up fast. You wouldn't have known it by the 60+ bombs coming from Alta/Snowbird but the snow set up and overnight we were able to get on steeper slopes with more connected aprons. Granted we took our time getting to know the snow before dropping the more commiting lines. Photos by mar123 By March steeper slopes had been tested and the sky seemed the limit. mar123 checking the camera to make sure we were dropping in at the right spot. Photos by mar123 With conditions all time we decided to go back to back big days. We got an early start with projected warmer temps and an E. facing line. Photos by mar123 The views were not bad, the exit on the other hand. March has not dissapointed, in a matter of two days not to mention mid week the Wasatch was tracked top to bottom. Bucky, mar123 and I decided on a unique zone in the Wasatch hoping the low elevation, long approach kept some of the masses away. We were surprised to see another party in the zone and while we transitioned a party of three splitters came down and I quickly noticed it was Barrows and keffler along with WasatchDon who I knew were in town for the week. The Wasatch is a crazy place like that, it makes you realize it really is a small world. The day quickly became all about the camaradarie of brothers and the shared love of mountains and splitboarding. Take care everyone.