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  • #778522
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Went out with Dan and Alex yesterday. As a couple people in the group really hate people, we decided to go for a really long walk.

    We found a lot of cool shots but kept our eyes on the prize. Here is a line that could be worth coming back for.

    We were planning on hitting a large west facing line. Once we looked at the ridges on it and saw they were wind hammered we decided this other face would be nice. Found an east facing line with nice consolidated snow on it. Dan thinks the 5 mile walk was worth the turns

    After hitting this line we were jonesing for more good snow. We were torn to do another lap. Here is Dan looking over the line with part of the original plan in the background.

    We knew the exit would be hell. It was.

    The best part about the ride out though was watching the sun get lower and lower along the horizon. Here are some rocks with the last bit of evening light on them. I didn’t realize it until I got home but the last photos I took had a super high ISO. They look a bit grainy to me.

    All in all the long walk was worth not seeing anyone else or seeing other ski tracks.

    #778524
    mej
    81 Posts

    I have wondered how approaching up the canyon you guys used would be! Skinning out through deep gullies is never good. There is some sweet terrain up in there. Way to explore.

    #778525
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Matt it was more of a quick creek crossing instead of ski out the gullies. I took the photo to really show the quality of the exit. The face we rode out put us on the other side of the gulley so we dropped in the gully and booted out of the other side. Felt that would be quicker than navigating the extremely thick brush that is in there.

    #778526
    Scooby2
    625 Posts

    Snowvols, fun to see what that trail is looking like. FWIW, if the west face of white baldy is scoured out and not looking like a wedding cake from the valley, then that west wall is usually pretty wind-damaged and heavily loaded into the folds also.

    #778532
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Fun day Logan and Alex. Thanks for throwing up the photos. I’m really liking touring down south this year, fun to get away from the sheep pen. Lots of potential in that drainage. NW line was our target, but a similar aspect further down the ridge looked fucked so we bailed on that plan. More about the tour and getting the lay of the land. We settled for plan B and got two really nice mini golf runs.

    Skin glop was bad, snow was saturated, scrub was thick, all in all exactly what I was looking for. West face probably would have ridden really nice if we had been a few hours earlier as the sun softened the wind crust. I hopped on a few wind pillows on non consequential terrain and couldn’t get anything to move. the heat and sun has seemed to weld everything in place for now. Hopefully it snows again one day.

    #778615
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Since there isn’t much else to contribute right now, I thought I would toss up my photos from the afore mentioned tour.

    New Perspectives of Old Friends

    Alex with the big win for the day, chips and salsa from Lonestar

    On top of some minor bump surround by large terrain

    I hope Vail buys this too. Maybe they will put a starbucks on it.

    Snow sucked

    Uhh who brought the skier?

    Thanks for the day guys! it was a real pleasure.

    #778618
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Way to motivate guys, thanks for the beta and thanks for the kind words as always Wasatch. Take care.

    #778724
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    For those of you who have been out lately, I have a question. I know its been warm up top so I think I already know the answer but I’m looking to do some dawn patrol, mid elevation east or west facing. I’m pretty sure I’m going to find crusts but what is the extent of the damage, is it going to be re-frozen bulletproof or just a thin breakable top surface? I just don’t want to waste my time and precious sleep hours. I really want to get out but our fake winter is still in full effect. Things are already sprouting in my yard.

    #778744
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    White Pine, I wouldn’t ride anything that sees much sun if you do a dawn patrol. The crust will the annoying thick but breakable crust.

    #778758
    equilibrium
    25 Posts

    Whitepine, we found some nice untracked lines off the riders right-side of Kessler Slabs, in the trees and NE facing was still good Monday, but expect a few lines to not be fully in yet and probably more tracks now. Also, Silver Fork headwall rode well yesterday am, but they are short shots and the Emma exit was horrible with the crust SwitchBack mentioned. Anyway, good luck, let us know what you find.

    #778763
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    Thanks @SwitchBack & @equilibrium. Just what I needed to know.

    #778766
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    Alex with the big win for the day, chips and salsa from Lonestar

    Mmmm… Lonestar. My favorite post-snow day tradition.

    #778809
    ryan14410
    21 Posts

    Whitepine: the snow surface is very sensitive to the aspect. I was on short swing this morning. Due west had a crust, WNW had a very slight crust, and NW was even better and held soft snow without any noticeable crust. Even if you do end up riding on crust, sometimes is good to freshen your memory on what’s it’s like and why people don’t enjoy it. It can be a good thing to get a sense on riding different conditions.

    #778825
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    I dawn patrolled at Brighton today, which I’ve never done before. I don’t usually tour there till after they close in the spring. I was treated to some fresh corduroy. I don’t think I’ve ridden untracked corduroy since high school in Colorado. Twas a nice, fairly frigid morning. 5° in the parking lot.

    #778854
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Corey good to hear, I’ve been meaning to get up there myself…. Please don’t shoot the messenger, but I’ve been told not to ride the corduroy on most of the runs, or risk uphill privileges being pulled. I have no idea what you rode, so please take this as a heads up and nothing more….

    excerpt…
    Uphill (and downhill) tracks put onto a freshly groomed track freeze overnight into an icy rut. This is not what Brighton wants for their paying customers.

    BTW.. for the trolls, please don’t turn this into a pissing match with me, take it up with Brighton

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    #778870
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Seriously Doug, why do you care so much about Brighton’s customers and why do you hate freedom?
    😉 hope you are doing well, call me for a beer or small run soon!

    #778871
    rughty
    620 Posts

    This might be the most active thread on the whole site! LOL

    #778876
    equilibrium
    25 Posts

    HA!

    Well, is anyone interested in some spring skiing on Superior tomorrow? Hoping to hit it mid day…

    #778878
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    Doug – I don’t know how anyone could possibly ride at Brighton without hitting the corduroy. Nearly that whole mountain is groomed. It would exclude just about everything. I made sure that we hiked in areas open to uphill travel and even waved at some passing snowcat drivers and lifties on snowmobiles. No one seemed to care. But I agree, I don’t want the privilege revoked and definitely don’t want to be the one who causes it. So I appreciate the warning.

    This might be the most active thread on the whole site! LOL

    I’ve noticed this too.

    #779084
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Doug – I don’t know how anyone could possibly ride at Brighton without hitting the corduroy. Nearly that whole mountain is groomed. It would exclude just about everything. I made sure that we hiked in areas open to uphill travel and even waved at some passing snowcat drivers and lifties on snowmobiles. No one seemed to care. But I agree, I don’t want the privilege revoked and definitely don’t want to be the one who causes it. So I appreciate the warning.

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>rughty wrote:</div>
    This might be the most active thread on the whole site! LOL

    I’ve noticed this too.

    I just saw on a local bloggers page that snowbird is considering changing their uphill policy due to abuse of resort due to downhill behavior. Weird. Never thought that riding down a groomer could be viewed as destructive.

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