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  • #670671
    Snurfer
    Participant

    Headed out yesterday to enjoy the sun with low expectations for riding. Surprisingly there were very few folks out (relatively speaking) and the snow was amazing.
    Stuck to north facing, low angle evergreen lines where there was 4-8″ of settled pow with a nicely ride-able base.

    Not so much collapsing as Dec 22nd, but snow is still punchy with a distinct 20″ slab sitting on a mix of facets and crusts.

    Lots of Christmas ribbons on the lower flanks of east facing Cardiff

    Wind effects

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

    #670750
    wasatch surf
    Participant

    great shots Doug!

    #670751
    Snurfer
    Participant

    BCC 8600′ SW facing 35°

    I’m one of those weirdos that likes following game trails and abandoned human trails to see where they lead (e.g. intentional bushwhacking). So if you see an aimless skinner, don’t follow – I’m just wandering around looking at shit. At any rate, today I found some interesting terrain not far from the parking lot, slogged around in the sun, found some protected pow in a playful little tube feature, dug a pit and talked to a moose.

    Pit

    The problem

    Mini Golf

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

    #670752
    Snowvols
    Participant

    Nice work, Doug! Looks like a fun little zone with creamy turns to be had.

    #670753
    Snowvols
    Participant

    It seems as if everyone I normally tour with either plans on being far too hungover or busy doing other things tomorrow to get out. Anyone down to get out for a tour of any sorts tomorrow?

    #670754
    Snurfer
    Participant

    @Snowvols wrote:

    It seems as if everyone I normally tour with either plans on being far too hungover or busy doing other things tomorrow to get out. Anyone down to get out for a tour of any sorts tomorrow?

    That was my experience the entire time I was off for Christmas break. What/where do you have in mind?

    Went out as recently as 12/29; most of the go-to zones have been pummeled into mogul runs and most oddball terrain options have been destroyed by sun/wind, or under funded with snow. That being the case I’ve been keen to road trip east tomorrow, just to browse. Taking mntn bike along and my split gear, with zero expectations for finding any snow to slide on. Always welcome a copilot if you’re interested.

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

    #670755
    wasatch surf
    Participant

    @Snurfer wrote:

    @Snowvols wrote:

    It seems as if everyone I normally tour with either plans on being far too hungover or busy doing other things tomorrow to get out. Anyone down to get out for a tour of any sorts tomorrow?

    That was my experience the entire time I was off for Christmas break. What/where do you have in mind?

    yeah seriously guys, I was counting to on someone getting out and posting some shit to get me through my work desk torture.

    I hit reynolds-tom’s again yesterday. soft snow in shaded areas. south facing is insanely bare. west is crust, east is kind of crust. everything is tracked out. facets are out of control. but it’s still better than sitting at home doing nothing I guess. I’m headed to canada for 10days, hopefully it snows an ass load while i’m gone. if it does say safe guys. if not guess we can start the trail running season early.

    #670756
    SwitchBack
    Participant

    I headed south in search of untracked snow.
    I found sand loading on east aspects….

    …crossloading and sloughing on south facing slopes.

    Decided not to risk it.
    Be safe out there guys.

    #670757
    Snurfer
    Participant

    Nice one Switchback 🙂

    Dan sounds like you had better conditions than we had in the foothills of the eastern most Uintas – Have a good time in Canada and stay safe brother.

    Props to Logan for being a trooper and going to the “Elkhorn Rail session” with me today. Highlights included death defying survival riding through this very shallow burn area with nothing but super facets to ground and lots of rail (deadfall) slides. The herd of badass bull elk that broke trail for us and the the mellow older slednecks that asked ‘Are you guys lost”.

    And the Uintah Basin’s infamous inversion (its not just for city slickers)

    Conditions stunk but the road went!

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

    #670758
    mar123
    Participant

    Happy New Year…Headed into Days in search of cream…dolla dolla bill y’all

    wasn’t very optimistic but the turns were good

    need more snow 😥 😥 😥

    #670759
    KR
    Participant

    Nice work gentlemen! Posts are almost more interesting in low snow times. :mrgreen:

    SwitchBack, nice pic of the “sandloading”. Appropriate term, eh?

    Snurfer and Snowvols, way to get out on an adventure. Better than most of us could do. 😀 And Mar123, finding untracked snow as always. Got your message the other day, thanks for the ring, and let’s get out soon!

    Here’s a few pics of a fun tour with UTAH the day after Christmas… sorry it’s late, the snow was good, the day was great, and UTAH helped me past the wall. :banghead:

    UTAH skate style on the lip

    One

    Two

    Three

    It was like a first date… :thumpsup:

    Or, a second date… :headbang:

    Peace y’all, and Happy New Year!

    #670760
    mar123
    Participant

    Cardiff/George’s Bowl…getting deep, really deep

    Snow was absolutely nuking while we were out from 12-3, widespread cracking, propagation, and natural sluffing observed on the way out on steeper rollovers, limited to the top few inches of new snow, perhaps a density change within the top few inches?

    Winds were cranking on the ridge, snow was starting to feel slabby towards the upper bowl

    Snow is stacking up, winds are cranking…be safe!

    #670761
    SwitchBack
    Participant

    So it snowed finally…. Went to Mill D-N today. Id estimate about 10-14 inches fell since yesterday. Very light and face-shotty 😀 but a bit slow 🙁 . I was felt the bottom on some turns but the snow did a decent job of covering up the heavily tracked out slopes of Mill D North. Best turned of the year by far!

    I would describe the snowfall rates at time to be dumping, puking, or as my friends like to say, DIARRHEAING!

    Due East facing ridgelines were getting hammered by wind deposited snow, as forecasted. I found soft wind slabs as deep as 6 inches but I bet they were a little deeper lower in the sweet spots for that kind of loading. The new snow was absolutely cohesionless, hence the crazy amount of faceshots. In the couple pits I dug, I had a hard time isolating the storm snow. The snowpack was more or less faceted throughout, beside the new stuff of course. The weakest layer was at the ground.

    I had a storm slough chasing me down a steeper slope (~35 degrees) for a bit but it was slow and didn’t entrained much snow.

    One thing that I noticed when I got back to the truck was that was angle of repose for the new snow that had accumulated on my tailgate (right side of pic) was about 33 degrees, and the new snow sloughed on a 35 degree slope but stayed put on the sub 30 degree slopes I rode today. I think that’s a neat visualization of how light and cohesionless the new snow is.

    Also when I was driving home around 14:00, I got blasted by a ridiculously crazy gust of wind near Storm Mountain. Instant whiteout! Trees bent in half! When main gust stopped there was about an inch of snow on a previously snow free roadway. I thought a slide came down onto the road! Ive been around a tornado before and this gust felt stronger. Did anyone else notice this wind this afternoon?

    #670654
    KR
    Participant

    Nice work getting out on a storm day mar123 and Switchback! Seems like avalanche conditions could be interesting for an avalanche class this coming weekend.

    Here’s the flyer for the next installment. Just wanted to make sure all the Utah splitters saw this. Should be a sweet show!

    #670762
    sdmarkus
    Participant

    What is gents,

    With nothing on the horizon in these parts, think I’m gonna chase this storm out your way…lucky dogs.

    Hoping to do some touring this weekend or early next week if conditions allow. Any interest in showing a few kook flat-landers around?

    :thumpsup: :mrgreen: :guinness:

    #670763
    mar123
    Participant

    some turn stoke from today…kept it mellow

    good visibility today, a bit warmer, wasn’t snowing, winds were gusting in exposed areas not too obnoxious but enough to effect the snow but not enough to ruin the good riding, yet 😀

    #670764
    SwitchBack
    Participant

    Got out yesterday and rode S facing PC ridgeline. It was crazy windy to the point of being no fun to be out there. I Literally got knocked down by the wind on the ridgeline. One and done for me. South and and west was windpacked but rode creamy a few turns from the ridge. Out of the wind there was 1 to 1.5 feet of fresh snow.

    Low ceiling

    I did a dawn patrol at Butler fork this morning. Id say around a foot of fresh fell in that drainage . There was a zipper crust on all aspects. Ok riding conditions. Dense pow under the crust.

    Raymond slid in a few spots. Looked like soft storm slabs and sloughing

    It was really beautiful out there this morning. Warm and calm. But due to the meh riding conditions I decided to take advantage of the weather and save my legs for the next storm and did some catching. Horray for powder turns and trout.

    #670765
    claymond
    Participant

    Went up Pink Pine ridge planning to drop into Red Pine and do some laps in there this morning. Still really thin on that west facing side though, ended up doing a couple laps off the East side of the ridge. Decent snow, crust here or there, dense but soft everywhere else

    #670766
    mar123
    Participant

    Headed into White Pine today, East facing rode surprisingly well with nice soft creamy turns. Crusts were present on multiple aspects seemed like they were breaking down and softened as temps warmed throughout the day. Overall some good turns still to be had, rode better than expected.

    some scrambling involved today 😀

    UTAH getting shradical

    looking back

    pow spray stoke

    pit

    no instabilities noticed…dug a pit on the same face as the last photo, NE/E column compression tests produced no results

    #670767
    UTAH
    Participant

    Those are some great shots mar123, wish I could return the favor but I gotta work on my action shots. Nasty crust on some aspects optimistic by what we found digging around.
    Take Care.

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