Should we get the thread started?... Still a little too early?...
I don't know, I think there is discussion worthy snow amounts up there. The current snow pack is not yet ridable, depending on your opinion, but what's out there now will definitely shape the course of this early season's future safety. Too much, too soon with a warm cycle will rot.
If anything, starting this thread now will assemble the troops. To all of you "Go Getters", here's to a safe and fun '13/'14 season. Go out and get after it.
Thin is a nice way to put it. Went up Guardsman and it was hardly rideable. There were a few strips from last weeks snow with the new snow on top. Fun to make a few turns though. Probably 3" of new snow on top of 3" of old snow. 6" of fun!
Well, I don't think it was 6" at guardsmanspass pass. I'd say mainly around 3-4 inches. Bu last weekend while hunting I had a view into broads fork and mill b south and there were roller balls everywhere on the open slopes; total wet activity like late spring. Don't know how shallow that snow is.
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Well, you never really know how storms are going to manifest until its over.
Here is what we know; (from NOAA) best case scenario is 10-20" new snow at highest elevations (above 10k'). This will add to an existing 8-20" containing MF crust and facets near the ground (Observation from JIVESTICK is a week old and its been clear and sunny in the interim). Best case scenario for mid-elevation grassy slopes is 5-9" over no existing snow.
The currently forecast snow extends only through Wednesday night followed by clear sunny weather through the weekend. In other words, its a long walk over dirt to ride in very rocky, or bare terrain and then have to walk out. You'd be better off getting in some biking or hiking around to look at terrain for future visits.
Went up Collins to Baldy shoulder this morning. The new snow up at higher elevations was slabby, shooting cracks coming with every step. Ended up turning around and picking my way back down the ridge to the top of wildcat. 2 slides on the NE aspect, about 60 feet across, 8-12 inches deep, that we likely triggered remotely(like over 50 feet away). A guy I met up there took pics of the slides, and will hopefully post them on the UAC site. Down lower under collins, the snow was deep enough to keep you off the bottom, mostly:)
Trick-or-Treat time will tell...I'd imagine for now the snow structure is pretty similar in the Uintas as the central Wasatch....Kinda spooked by the old snow/ facets lurking
Away from resorts and crowds so...(taken from on the way back)
West Facing, New snow 10-12" on top of about a 4" solid frozen layer of facets...facets were solidly bonded in a 1 finger hardness layer, probably melt/freeze, new snow bonded well, Little bit of wind slab forming in spots ....no instabilities observed. green light go.
Hi guys. Happy post Halloween and nice getting up to the Uintas mar! I'm headed to Alta tomorrow Saturday 1 PMish tomorrow for an afternoon lap or two if anybody wanna try to catch up with me and Jason M.
I also wanted to let you all know about Save Our Canyons' Ullr Ball, which will be held November 9th, Saturday, at The Garage. Save Our Canyons is instrumental in preserving our backcountry interests here in the Wasatch so they deserve our support. They also include some die-hard splitboard brethren. Please consider sending some support their way. They run on a shoestring budget and it's money well spent. Voile is supporting this ball too and you've prolly heard of them and they're cool too and they're giving away a splitboard at the Ullr Ball! Beer, music, early season giddyness and free gear. Check it out: