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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:52 pm 
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Snow is holding up well, still light and fluffy. There is a fair amount of surface hoar and a dusting of new snow which makes for slippery skintracks. Some wind effect along the higher ridge lines. I suppose like the avy forecast said that if any of the surface hoar gets buried things could run/pop pretty easily. South facing aspects had a crust.

wonder what is going to happen to the snowpack with no snow in the forecast...looks like a bunch of cold clear nights ahead.

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:46 pm 
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Beautiful weather and snow yesterday. It was cool to ride down into the clouds, where it would begin snowing perfect dendrites. The slope shown in the picture collapsed as it was ridden. It is probably in the upper-20s to near 30 degrees, and nothing moved. Thankfully. Definitely still issues on the Cottonwood periphery. This was a NW facing slope at 8800'. I definitely second the slippery skintracks. It seemed to be slippery from the fresh dendrites, not surface hoar where we were though. Its gonna be major sandbox skinning by the weekend on higher shady slopes. The weather forecast reminds me of this time last year...

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:21 pm 
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Nice work as always fellas :thatrocks: I wished I'd gone to Montreal Hill as planned, but I'd have never made it up the hill.

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nice Doug! oddly enough that zone had 6-8 tracks on it saturday, south facing. first time i've seen that.

Yeah I saw remnants of those lines Dan, but the wind had scoured everything east through south facing. The Triangle had some short, but nice looking lines on it and probably better snow, but I had no legs to climb it for sloppy leftovers :)

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:34 pm 
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If Wind had a last name surely it would be Jack
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Softer Snow in here...
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Pretty good turns on the apron...
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Still some soft snow in sheltered and treed areas

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:05 am 
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one up at brighton and out to snake creek. worst snow i've been on maybe ever, but definitely in the top 3. across the way snow was better and we found a pretty cool run in the trees. some traffic up from midway and some snowmachines around. found some powderturd liter as well.

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:43 pm 
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A view of Big
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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:29 am 
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Nice pic Dave, looks like some Raymond stoke. :D

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
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Now that I am back from Canuckistan, went out for a tour this morning. Went to Wolverine Cirque and it was empty. I was surprised we were the only ones that were hitting it. Snow was pretty stable on top of the crust that has developed. The only issue we had was booting back up as it was so deep :D

Just cell phone photos as I was an idiot and left the battery at home.

Looking down the THC Couloir

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Track immediately afterwards

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Here was the other chute we hit. I am not aware of the name. It is lookers right of The Huge Chute. It was steeper and narrower but also I hit a couple rocks.

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Fun day especially with the fact we didn't run into many people at all.

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:22 pm 
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Nice work Logan :headbang:

I took a walk up Porter Fork and was amazed at the amount of snow.
There was nearly two feet in places, including near the road.
Breaking trail sucked and float was hard to come by. Even on a 176.
Dug a pit @ 9k to find four distinct layers.
20" right side up fresh over 12" rightside up capped with facets. Another 12" or so underlaid
by rotted at the ground.
ECT was stubborn, but sheared clean at upper two layers.
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Hand pits along the trail were more sensitive.
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Rode north aspect 25-30°. Easily able to shred to the main road, no snow shoers were harmed. :D
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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
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Put in a full day at the office 9-5...Headed to Lookout peak area. After today it will take some heavy convincing for me to go back here again, such a LOOOOONG slog and the ride back out is not very aesthetic, lots of ups and downs, booting, and general BS back to the trailhead. I think I felt the same way after the last time I was here :scratch: :scratch: :scratch:

trail breaking had its moments...mej is like 6,7"
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lots of woomphing, collapsing, and shooting cracks...most slopes ridden were 30 to sub 30 degrees...pic was a short steeper rollover prob around 38ish
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couple laps in the aspens....wallow fest, but still had fun
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heading back, probably the best turns of the day down the ridge
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Winds were well behaved, but it was darn cold...new snow was about 16-20"

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
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Nice work Dave and Matt (Good Speedgoat training for Matt :wink: )

I enjoyed a (freezing) bluebird day in BCC... Nice running into you; Al, Bucky and Dan. Sorry I didn't have the energy to tag along. Hope you all had some fun!

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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
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mar123: that photo of mej breaking deep trail is awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: UTAH 2012-13 Conditions
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With all this low elevation snow, I wanted to ride something new so I skinned up that ridge north of parleys canyon . Not to bad, It was thin, as expected, about 12-20 inches. I hit a few rocks and but overall it made for some fun powder turns. It wasnt too cold either, being so low in elevation. It was cool making a line that I could probably see from home if the sky ever cleared up.

The approach...


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