|Day 1: Skinning up Flagstaff LCC|
Winter started off with a bang for those of us living in Utah. Now it seems like a distant memory. I hope you got the goods last week because it seems as if we're in a spring-like high pressure system for a while. I have 8 days in thus far, most of which are backcountry with a couple Alta days thrown in there. Looking back I thought winter was here and we were on the road to another 2010 season of endless stable pow. The stoke level was high in ski bums everywhere. Alta area received 51" of the blower 4% powder from Brutus and rivaled the best days from all of last year.
Now we have a chance to reflect and really prepare for winter. We got the early season fever out of us. Take advantage of this lull in the weather. Study the snowpack and the changes it will make. Predict the impact our current snowpack will have on the theme of the entire winter. Break out those snow science books, read, learn, and refresh. Grab your friends and practice beacon searches. Do this all now because we know the fever will be back with vengeance. When the next storm arrives you will be prepared to just go shred. Be safe out there, know before you go! Utah Avalanche Center and here is an awesome blog on how to read the advisories. Hers some shots to keep you motivated.
|Joe Johnson on Cardiac Ridge|
|Snow profile of Grizzly Gulch|
|Gobblers Giblet Chute|
|Turkey Day kitten tossing: Lauran Intinarelli|
|Ski tuning love|
|Hiking up to ski Cardiac Ridge|
|Wolverine Cirque: "Looks a little boney"|
|Just taking in the view|
|Joe Johnson picking his line|
|After all its just playing in the woods with your best friends: photo Rebeka Stevens|