In case you haven't heard: The 2013 Wasatch Splitfest is holding a 3-legged splitboard race is TODAY 4PM at Cardiff/Snowplay/Mill D! If you and your buddy have the fastest time you win a Chimera Split and an Arc'teryx jacket/pants combo! That's some quality crap right there people. If you want to win that you have to go there and bring your splitboard so find a partner quick you have only a few hours to train so let's do it!
Also the snow was fantastic and deep yesterday off west-facing Pink Pine and in Maybird Gully, we did see many small, new surface sluffs and we heard the rumbles of what we thought were two distant slides. Ride safe with this new snow. There were a lot of buried facets on NW through NE aspects.
Hey, nice job with the splitfest, Bucky! The weather presentation Friday night was great. (This is Ryan, met you in a meeting for the Riverdale project, then I ended up being assigned to a different one) Was only able to get out to the Canyon Inn and tour today.
For anyone wondering about snow conditions: Today we rode the north side of Superior. The ridge from Cardiff Pass to Superior had areas of really firm wind blown snow; I booted with my ice axe in sections in case I slipped. After the north side chutes and north apron, as one of our riders was getting ready to drop into the slope following the north apron, some pieces of a shallow wind slab let loose (not a big area and nothing slid). Another one of our riders dropped in and saw the area around him crack up. The final rider said it was about an 8inch slab that was cracking. The storm snow had only minor sluffing, thankfully.
So after talking with some people I think we are going to the Stansburry Mountains Saturday early as hell and maybe trying for all 3 couloirs. Both Twins and the North. Here is a photo of the twins from last year. Anyone else want to join? I am working on a tow in to help eliminate some of the approach.
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Got out for a 1100' prework quickie through the aspens. New snow ranged from a trace up to two inches of dust crust, with a variety of facets, redeposited pow and graupel; with up to eight inches on lee aspects. Forecast winds were non-existing at 7am, although wind deposits verified the forecast south/southwesterly flow. Hit a few wind slabs, but in the friendly terrain it just made for a fluffier ride. Lots of sluffing on lee aspects in the NE trees. Elev 8100' - 9200', NE thru SE