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Thread: Wasatch 08-09 Conditions
03-14-2009, 04:49 PM #751
butler to reynolds
headed up solo and had 4 great laps on north facing goodness. Noticeable lack of crowds, didn't see anyone for the first 3 hours.
Got on just a little bit of south facing on the way out around noon and it was softening nicely!
anyone interested in heading out tomorrow??? on 14th straight day so nothing huge, but i can always be swayed.
Last edited by the vor; 03-14-2009 at 04:53 PM.
03-16-2009, 09:28 AM #752
Saturday - 3-14:
Played around in the North Fork area below Chilly Peak. North facing aspects held great settled powder.
03-17-2009, 07:46 AM #753
Definitely starting to feel a bit lonely out there these days. Is everyone biking or what?
Conditions were still pretty rad over the weekend, with north-facing butter and south-facing quasi-corn. I am starting to wonder what the cloud-covered warm nights have been doing to the pack though....anyone get out yesterday?It's like I died and went to heaven, but then it turned out it wasn't my time, and they sent me to a brewery.
03-17-2009, 08:13 AM #754
It's March...with 70 degree weather, weak minds are turning to golf and bicycling.
Are you sure you went where everyone else was at?
Last edited by Johnny Deep; 03-17-2009 at 08:48 AM.Johnny's only sin was dispair
03-17-2009, 11:19 AM #755
Yeah it's hard to stay focused on what matters when Little is dry and there's so much rock to climb on.
Although after logging in my first epic of the season on my second day out climbing I think I'll stick to skiing a bit longer...
Wolverine on Sunday:
Top of Tuscarora, looking down at the Seagull:
Julie dropping in. She wanted to ski something mellow for her first tour this season...
Straightlining the apron was way easier than trying to make turns:
Slogging back to Brighton:
Questionable riding conditions, sugar on top and heinous sun crust down low. Feisty snow but fun nonetheless. Guess that's what you get when you're only willing to climb 1500'
If anyone wants to get out hit me up. Partners are loosing motivation fast and I want 20 more days on snow before spandex season.
03-17-2009, 12:04 PM #756
Got up early on Saturday and watched the Powderkeg race from the Patsy Marley / Twin Lakes Pass vantage point and the snow was still in pretty good shape on most aspects. On Sunday, hard crust turning to mank except on northerly faces which were still creamy along the south Silver Fork rim; and, there was kind of a closing weekend vibe going on.
Saw dudes skinning shirtless, another skinning with a beer in one hand… one pole in his pack, for example. Definitely fun, but given how quickly conditions deteriorated in one day, it’s a coin toss between taking the bike out and taking the skis out. Still, I’m hoping for many more days this season.
03-17-2009, 02:19 PM #757
We skied y-not couloir yesterday a.m. The booting was fast, one-kick snow and I was content with the decision to leave crampons in the car. Spots scraped to the dust storm layer were firmer. Wherever last week's snow has sluffed down the 'pons would be a good idea.
At around 10am we'd cleared the rappel but the snow was quicky turning to mank. The wet sluffs we kicked off below the rap ran to the apron and runneled the snow left behind. From the car we watched point releases coming down the Y couloir catchment. I'm glad we weren't an hour later getting to the anchors.
I think my opportunity to ski Lisa Falls has melted for the year.
The gully steepens up below the upper snowfield.
Down to the rap anchors. I'd bet that soft-but-supportable snow we booted is all at the bottom by this afternoon.
Below the rap the snow had gotten runneled and the skiing was "adventurous.'
Fresh debris on the apron.
Last edited by The Gnarwhale; 03-17-2009 at 02:26 PM.
03-17-2009, 02:25 PM #758
Interesting view of Lisa Falls.Johnny's only sin was dispair
03-17-2009, 07:07 PM #759
East faces started avalanche below 10k at 10am with earnest. Then temps cooled down up higher with safe conditions.
West faces were frozen at 3:30pm at the highest elevations, then a bit below that, a perfect corn harvest was farmed.
03-17-2009, 07:11 PM #760
03-17-2009, 08:28 PM #761
nice trackhead! Lets see some more pics. I was thinking of going out there this week.
03-19-2009, 06:12 PM #762
Chalky snow on high elevation NW aspects. No wind.
Corn down lower at around 9,500ft on west aspects at 3:00am.
03-19-2009, 06:17 PM #763
^^^^nice moonlight shot
03-19-2009, 06:25 PM #764
Ha! Yeah right.
03-19-2009, 06:56 PM #765"Oh, no pics. To simulate the skiing today, walk out your door, grab a handful of snow, and throw it in your face. Repeat as necessary.
If you don't have snow outside your door, what the fuck are you living there for?"
-Bum Z 1/30/08
03-19-2009, 07:14 PM #766
03-19-2009, 07:18 PM #767
03-19-2009, 07:32 PM #768Lambaster
- Join Date
- Nov 2003
- My armchair
.... that's ^ about how steep & intimidating it looked in my mind when I got my first glimpse of it (the final knife edge ridge) when I came around one of the sub-peaks and wanted to throw up in my own mouth a little"... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"
03-19-2009, 10:26 PM #769
nice photos, got to get down that way
Last edited by under the radar; 03-19-2009 at 10:36 PM.
03-22-2009, 02:10 PM #770
Skied the Sliver yesterday. The entrance has a pretty tight squeeze through the trees right now.
The clouds and wind kept things cool. We didn't see any ACTIVE activity but Thunder Ridge shed some skin in a major way over the last few days.
Perfect corn farming was had all the way out of Hogum at 1 p.m. Sorry for the low-res cell phone pics, point & shoot died early on.
03-23-2009, 02:46 PM #771
Went up LCC without any clear objective in mind, which was just as well, given the conditions. The new snow was dryer than I would have guessed and was easily transported by the wind.
We first abandoned the idea of skiing Days or Silver when we saw the drifts in the p-lot then changed our minds about skiing off the NW side of Cardiff when we found a fat wind slab perched just off the pass.
We'd stopped at Telephone Bowl the first lap to kick at the new snow without interesting results. An hour later we were back again to see our tracks had been refilled and the cornice replaced. This time we were able to trigger a soft slab which moved without needing much of a tap.
We'd just crossed paths with Liam Fitzgerald and spotted as he cut the top of the bowl sending perhaps a 100' wide slab down to the gully.
Liam, after skiing along the crown line. The pocket we kicked loose is just past him and above the two trees.
The snow was great, though not bottomless. 18" in the sheltered spots with hockey rink underneath. Good skiin', even faceshots if you find a drift, get low, or catch a gust of wind.
03-23-2009, 03:51 PM #772
Went up Patsy Marley first thing in the AM and then used the Silver Card for the first time since December.
^^^ It was definitely deep but not bottomless but some of the drifts could stop a person cold if you weren’t ready to blast through them. And, it was still snowing hard at 3:00 with moments of white-out conditions above 9K. Like the The Gnarwhale said, “the snow was great.”
03-23-2009, 04:28 PM #773
"An active pattern will continue across the area through much of the week. A cold Pacific storm system will move east of the area tonight. Another, weaker system will pass through the area Tuesday, ahead of a potent system Wednesday through Thursday."
03-24-2009, 09:45 PM #774
03-24-2009, 09:47 PM #775