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  • #677768
    KR
    159 Posts

    Nice work Doug and Dan! I’ll have to check out one of those events this year… my daytime touring is severely limited with the lil’ guy in the mix, so the night time skinning would be good for me!

    (Also, nice lines recently Whitepine and UTAH!)

    Happy turkey day everyone!

    #677769
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    Got some mashed potatoes before the turkey. Lots of post-holing by the critters.

    #677770
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Lappidity Laps, never got old either. Wussed out on a 3 off the windlip, would’ve been perfect. Was pretty reluctant to put myself too far out on the lookers left slope. Lot’s of windloading, convex and the only part of the larger slope that hadn’t slid.


    That Catherine’s Pass slide was huge and I’ve never seen Patsy Slide that big, just some small pockets. Take care.

    #677771
    pow_hnd
    82 Posts

    @UTAH wrote:

    Lappidity Laps, never got old either. Wussed out on a 3 off the windlip, would’ve been perfect. Was pretty reluctant to put myself too far out on the lookers left slope. Lot’s of windloading, convex and the only part of the larger slope that hadn’t slid.


    That Catherine’s Pass slide was huge and I’ve never seen Patsy Slide that big, just some small pockets. Take care.

    Where were those turns?

    @ty_bee

    @801splitters

    #677772
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    I’m kinda selfish and try to keep my zones to myself. The Wasatch is such a small place and there’s so many more people with a lot more time than me out there. Let’s try to ride sometime soon. :headbang:

    #677773
    pow_hnd
    82 Posts

    @UTAH wrote:

    I’m kinda selfish and try to keep my zones to myself. The Wasatch is such a small place and there’s so many more people with a lot more time than me out there. Let’s try to ride sometime soon. :headbang:

    Let’s do it… These are the days times I can tour.. All day Tues, Weds mornings ( work @ 4:30 ), all day Fri and Sat, and Sun mornings ( work @ 4:00 )

    801.633.4679

    @ty_bee

    @801splitters

    #677774
    mej
    81 Posts

    Triggered a big slide today! I expected the snow to be much worse than it was, so I figured I would just try to get to a high summit safely even if it meant bad turns or walking back down. Well, turns out the shady snow is holding out great above 9k. Beautiful supportive cream.

    On our way up to Red Top along the W Ridge of the Bday Chutes, we collapsed a large slope which didn’t slide but propagated around to the westernmost Bday chute. The resulting slide there removed all the snow from the chute, full width, full length, with just rocks left. Very impressive. Huge chunks in the debris too. The blasting SW winds no doubt contributed to the hardness of the slab. We weren’t planning to ride the Bday chutes, but it was a good keep-you-humble moment regardless. Exit down the road was icy.

    On a happier note, I got some Scarpa Aliens (all-plastic) this year and they are incredible. I was spreading the hard boot gospel before, but now I just can’t help it. Such an incredible boot. Super light, great flex for snowboarding, and the articulation of the cuff is just amazing in tour mode. I have ridden Scarpa F1’s for the last 7 years and thought they toured well, but the Aliens blow them away. It really feels like a hiking boot when you walk around in them. A major issue in previous model years was that they let a lot of snow in, but some additional plastic has fixed that. I think I’ll post a more extensive review in the Boot Forum.

    #677775
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Glad guys didn’t go for a ride. Scary way to start the season.

    I am interested to see how the snowpack handles the dry spells. I got out this weekend on just some mellow slopes. Lots of bootpacking has occurred on the skin track as Doug noted earlier. Today is the last day of the hunt I believe so that should end after today.

    Throughout the weekend I got a fair amount of whomphing all on 25 degree and less slopes. Still gets my heart racing every time I hear it though. Still lots of areas that are super fun with the shallow pack. I didn’t take any photos of the weekend as I was too busy getting my ass kicked to pull my camera out. Here’s to a long healthy season for everyone. :guinness:

    #677776
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    went and fucked around with John L. today. Toledo chute rode like ass.
    climbing was fun. North facing was like a sandbox for the 3 kickturns we made on that aspect. Turns down cardiac ridge looked nice.

    #679711
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Erased my post twice now on accident. Being stupid, anyways not going to rewrite everything here’s my pics from today. Followed the sun, rode mainly Efacing. Take care.







    #681169
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Went up Tanners today with a solid group. It was thin at the bottom and a couple spicy sections. Mix in the fact my crampons suck balls and it was a wonderful day out. I didn’t feel comfortable going up the couloir. Not sure why but we turned around at the base. Snow was pretty good up high. Between corn and slush in sections. Was just a nice day for a good ole fashioned sufferfest that didn’t include a lot of riding. Camera had a couple specs on it so the riding photos turned out terribly.

    #681600
    mej
    81 Posts

    Great conditions yesterday! Mar123 and I have been arguing over whether the mtb conditions are better than the touring, but I love the snow out there right now.

    Logan, is that your truck with the Chimera sticker? I saw that parked at Tanners and thought, ‘that is an interesting choice…’ 🙂

    We hit a couple 11k peaks in LCC yesterday. Above 9k on the north half of the compass travel conditions were awesome. Easy trail breaking on the up and fast, soft snow on the down. I love December and the low sun angles. If the free-air temperatures (along with the frequent mid-level clouds) were this warm in March everything would be garbage. Also, the fact that the snowpack below 8500′ is either rounds, ice, or a combination is really helping to keep the exits skinnable and rideable.

    Stability wise we found snow that is just tired. No loading events for a week plus now, so even though the structure, particularly above 10,500, is poor, propagating fractures are extremely unlikely. We rode some fairly steep lines without incident. We definitely found the surface hoar and near-surface facets that the UAC mentioned, and the next storm will probably shut everything down again. I have actually never seen so much surface hoar at high elevations before. Dan, was there surface hoar during your tour on Saturday?

    #681744
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Matt it was John L.’s truck. It was an interesting day. More about the adventure than the riding.

    #684684
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    I took a walk Sunday to see what the cover looked like in a less traveled western drainage. I was particularly interested in what my favorite 1800 foot gully run looked like under lean conditions. I was able to boot the summer trail to 8200′ Snowpack above that was 10-20 inches deep. Full depth facets on the rocky areas and dense wind affected chalky snow over the dirt and grass.


    A usual (but early)? suspect. Happened sometime after the last little storm.

    The skin up provided good beta on rock locations. I only hit 2 on the way down and overall the ride down was chalky creamy goodness. The hike out on an icy trail sucked balls.

    #684685
    mej
    81 Posts

    I thought about going there on Sunday, but thought there might be a long walk. Looks pretty good though. How rocky did the upper bowl look?

    #685755
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    Mej, It looked really boney in the upper bowl.

    #705148
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    ♫ It’s beginning to feel a lot like April, everywhere I goooo ♪
    Apparently it’s the warmest December on record in Utah since 1939. I’ve been getting out on the bike a bunch lately. I’ve never done that before in December.

    Anyways, I have a questions for you all. With the conditions as they’ve been and the lackluster storm, my wife and I are trying to decide if its worth touring tomorrow (Saturday). I’m worried the dusting is just going to create a dust on crust scenario and hide a lot of the sharks lurking in our shallow snowpack. Is it still survivalist riding out there?

    A lot of you have been making some beautiful lines. Just worried about coming home with a bloody skull or something.

    #715650
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Whitepine- I think it’s worth a walk. I haven’t been out since last week but, on par with december coverage compared to the past few years. I think the difference is we haven’t had the inversion so it seems so much warmer down here but in comparing coverage photos from 2012-2013 we actually have much more south facing snow. I would be super careful of any north facing slopes over 30degrees with the additional snow we are getting. I would still try to target grassy slopes as its thin out there and sharks are abundant.

    #719589
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    I wish i had read this response earlier. Is anyone getting email notifications when someone responds to a post?

    #725895
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    WhitePine, I just went to Brighton. Noticed GW and Milli are still closed. One down Clayton’s in between GW laps. Found about 3-5inches of light density sitting on a moist base. Riding was good on the resort side. Line down Claytons was interesting. Did a big/hard ski cut up at the top, no result, turns were funky. Getting my bombing legs in shape. Take care.

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