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  1. Great photos (especially for a gray beard). His...

    Great photos (especially for a gray beard). His run on Stonecrusher reminds me of a run I did on Gunsight in 2011 a month and a half later in the summer (when I was also a gray beard at age 66)....
  2. https://www.tetongravity.com/story/snowboard/snowb...

    https://www.tetongravity.com/story/snowboard/snowboarders-attempt-unbelievably-sketchy-line-at-alta
  3. I can't see any roller balls in your photos, but...

    I can't see any roller balls in your photos, but did you cause any on the North facing slopes?
    How about sinking through the new snow and skidding on the older, firm snow beneath? Did that happen at...
  4. Looks like Holy Toledo. Is that where you skied?

    Looks like Holy Toledo. Is that where you skied?
  5. Figure 8 Hill skied nicely yesterday (Sat.) even...

    Figure 8 Hill skied nicely yesterday (Sat.) even at my awfully late descent time of 1:30 PM.

    I dropped in from the entrance to Heaven's Gate near the bottom of Patsey Marley Hill. That drop in was...
  6. There were no lift lines in Grizzly Gulch and...

    There were no lift lines in Grizzly Gulch and Wolverine Cirque yesterday.
  7. This is a little tardy, but Thursday in Upper...

    This is a little tardy, but Thursday in Upper White Pine, the skiing was pretty darn good. When I started it was way too warm, and I expected damp, sticky snow (had my scraper and skin wax handy for...
  8. Does anyone know who has been making a climbing...

    Does anyone know who has been making a climbing track up the face of Figure 8 Hill lately? The last 2 times I skied it, March 15 and yesterday, were was a track on the skier's left side that was...
  9. To see a photo gallery of 37 of my photos taken...

    To see a photo gallery of 37 of my photos taken last Friday click on this link https://lhitchner.smugmug.com/Skiing/Granny-Chute-and-Figure-8-Hill-March-15-2019/.
  10. Today's Utah Avalanche Center report (Sat. March...

    Today's Utah Avalanche Center report (Sat. March 16) states,

    "The switch flipped, and spring is here - yesterday’s high-angle sun destroyed the powder on all but the steeper, shady upper elevation...
  11. The 1st photo looks like you're skinning up below...

    The 1st photo looks like you're skinning up below the N Face of Red Baldy in the upper White Pine Basin and the 2nd photo looks like you're going up the NW Ridge of Red Baldy (the NW ridge that goes...
  12. Here's what UAC advises, and they disagree with...

    Here's what UAC advises, and they disagree with you.
    https://utahavalanchecenter.org/education/backcountry-emergencies
  13. Hmmm, glad to hear some of you found good...

    Hmmm, glad to hear some of you found good skiing/riding at the resorts and in upper LCC today. I certainly did NOT find such conditions in upper White Pine.

    Alta reported the storm total as 28"...
  14. What a difference a day makes

    This photo of ski tracks on Red Baldy that was in my post Monday night was taken Monday afternoon.
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    I went back to upper White Pine again Tuesday with a different ski buddy. There were a...
  15. Today in upper White Pine quite a few folks went...

    Today in upper White Pine quite a few folks went up Red Baldy. We crossed paths with 2 who climbed it twice (talked to them again in the WP parking lot at the end of the day). They said the party of...
  16. In Mall Walker's photo the Granny Chute is the...

    In Mall Walker's photo the Granny Chute is the big wide chute to the left of center with the huge run out zone (one reason it is rated so easy).

    Here are a few more photos I took when I skied...
  17. As F#*k You Cat wrote the Wolverine Cirque isn't...

    As F#*k You Cat wrote the Wolverine Cirque isn't inside Alta boundaries. A few hearty Alta side-country-ers sometimes ski there, but it's a long climb to get there and an a long climb back up to the...
  18. I am looking for reports on snow conditions for...

    I am looking for reports on snow conditions for the Wolverine Cirque chutes, in particular Granny Chute.

    I am an old guy (72) who has skied Granny once each of the past 2 years. I was lucky and...
  19. Hmmm, that's strange. I can't imagine why ski...

    Hmmm, that's strange. I can't imagine why ski resorts wouldn't open gates to the side-country on such a "safe" day in the s-c or b-c!

    https://utahavalanchecenter.org/advisory/salt-lake/03/4/2018
  20. Does anyone own or have experience with Find-Me...

    Does anyone own or have experience with Find-Me Powder Leases (made in Germany), http://www.find---me.com/info-uk ?

    I am an exclusively back-country skier who uses Dynafit TLT Speed Radical...
  21. Yesterday at about 8:45 AM my partner and I were...

    Yesterday at about 8:45 AM my partner and I were skinning up from Spruces to the Mill D North trail. Lots of Dawn Patrollers were returning about that time. As we passed through the cabins 2 DPers...
  22. I don't know about 7:40 AM, but here's a photo of...

    I don't know about 7:40 AM, but here's a photo of the traffic at 9:20 AM courtesy of the UDOT traffic cameras. You can check traffic and road conditions at many canyon and Wasatch Blvd. camera...
  23. Meanwhile, back in the back country ... I...

    Meanwhile, back in the back country ...

    I ascended and descended the South-facing slope below the saddle between Tuscarora and Wolverine then went up to the Wolverine summit and back. Didn't have...
  24. Farmer Dave

    Yes, he's "still around". He recently bought his 44th consecutive Alta Season Pass (if I did the math right, he started in the winter of 1974-75, the season after we both moved here from the East...
  25. Still plenty of pow Monday afternoon. But, the...

    Still plenty of pow Monday afternoon. But, the higher, the steeper, and definitely the more North facing, the better.
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  26. Speed fliers and wing suits flying in tandem in Radical Reels video

    Those of you interested in these kinds of sports would probably enjoy the recent video by the Flying Frenchies (https://www.flying-frenchies.com/en) that was shown at this years Banff Mtn. Film...
  27. The snow also was pretty decent (but wind...

    The snow also was pretty decent (but wind affected) in George's Bowl yesterday. We 3 were the only ones there all day.

    Can you guess how old these two fogies are? [answer: 71 and 66]

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  28. Here are some photos from yesterday (Sunday). The...

    Here are some photos from yesterday (Sunday). The first shows why they call this Figure 8 Hill. Another skier beat me to it before I got there. I also was able to make some 8's off the ridge below...
  29. Oh yeah, I forgot about the UDOT traffic cameras....

    Oh yeah, I forgot about the UDOT traffic cameras. I was mostly relying on the UDOT Winter Road Conditions Report at http://511.commuterlink.utah.gov/tats.web.report/#G2.

    At...
  30. Does anyone, e.g., Brad Davis, know which web...

    Does anyone, e.g., Brad Davis, know which web site to believe about Cottonwood Canyon conditions? Right at the moment (4:45 PM Feb. 24) the UDOT Canyons, Passes and Ski Areas within the Salt Lake...
  31. FOUND -- a nice, black balaclava by Smith Optics...

    FOUND -- a nice, black balaclava by Smith Optics

    Sunday (2/5) afternoon about 2:30 PM on the skin track up from the bottom of East Bowl to the ridge line between East Bowl Pass and Davenport Hill....
  32. Is that the west slopes of Toledo Bowl just to...

    Is that the west slopes of Toledo Bowl just to the looker's right of Toledo Chute?
  33. While skinning up Patsey Marley about 2 PM last...

    While skinning up Patsey Marley about 2 PM last Thursday I caught a few photos of a boarder and 2 skiers coming down past me. The backlit sunlight seemed to make for some nice action...
  34. Well, this is a bit of a tardy reply, but, yes, I...

    Well, this is a bit of a tardy reply, but, yes, I was there. Went up Grizzly to TLP then dropped in from the top of Heaven's Gate and over to Figure 8 Hill. I didn't arrive until after 12 noon. But,...
  35. I skinned up the White Pine Road yesterday to...

    I skinned up the White Pine Road yesterday to about 9,300' (the meadow below the Tri Chutes), and I saw no signs of new snow, only rain softened old snow. I also talked to a guy who had spent the...
  36. I went up yesterday afternoon near where SFB was...

    I went up yesterday afternoon near where SFB was -- TLP then up the ridge to the bottom of Patsy Marley Hill. Tried to ski down the trees along the fringe of the open slope below Patsy's and then...
  37. Where were you?

    Any chance your stop-action photos were taken on a certain NE-facing hill in Upper Mill D yesterday afternoon? Were you the party of 2 who were just leaving as we arrived because the slope wasn't...
  38. f8 yesterday afternoon (Mon. 4/13) was still fun...

    f8 yesterday afternoon (Mon. 4/13) was still fun though hard work. Snow was mostly dry but required pretty rigorous unweighting (for my semi-wiggly style of turning).
    ...
  39. Don't give it up

    IMO last Thursday was really pretty good for early April -- even by normal year standards -- if you went early enough and high enough. I skied North-facing trees in White Pine at about 9,500' and...
  40. Online posting of snow density

    Alta posts daily snow reports on their snow history web page that include density here http://www.alta.com/pages/snowfallhistory.php. But, the postings are often delayed by several days, and their...
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    Yeah, OK that makes sense because I was in the...

    Yeah, OK that makes sense because I was in the BCC drainage and was closer to Brighton than to Alta (the top of the Milly lift is less than 1/2 mile away from Figure 8 Hill). But, when I left the...
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    I'd say Alta's report of 6" storm total as of...

    I'd say Alta's report of 6" storm total as of this AM was a bit of a stretch -- no, make that an outright lie, IMO. I dropped into Wolverine from the Patsey Marley Ridge then did 2 runs on Figure 8....
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    Same goes for Days Fork, IMO, although I wouldn't...

    Same goes for Days Fork, IMO, although I wouldn't call it "best of the year", but probably "best of the Spring powder" for me. (Wed. 3/12)

    We did a LMP (Late Morning Patrol) start from Alta to...
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    Figure 8 Hill and North and NE facing runs off...

    Figure 8 Hill and North and NE facing runs off the ridge to Patsey Marley stayed powdery and without any warming or sun damage yesterday (Fri. 3/7). Cool temperatures and only intermittent sun break...
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    Skied the steep and deep in Maybird Trees today...

    Skied the steep and deep in Maybird Trees today -- steep and deep graupel, that is.

    There was probably 6-10" of pretty consistent graupel on top of a medium firm base. It seemed to me that Mother...
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    I went to White Pine this afternoon (1-3 PM)....

    I went to White Pine this afternoon (1-3 PM). Needed skin wax but did not have any. Luckily I did put some glide wax on my ski bottoms before leaving home, however. Can't say I had the same fun as...
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    I don't know -- maybe a busted water main? ...

    I don't know -- maybe a busted water main?

    It's on Wasatch Blvd. at about 90th South, West side of the road, about 1/4 mile South of the junction where Wasatch branches off of state route 210 and...
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    Yes, there actually was some powder yesterday...

    Yes, there actually was some powder yesterday (Sun. the 21st).

    At mid day yesterday I went into Wolverine Cirque from Twin Lakes Pass and then skied out via a run down "Figure 8 Hill"...
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    Thanks to Mark (Spindrift65) for a great season...

    Thanks to Mark (Spindrift65) for a great season of super photos and snow condition reports,
    http://utahavalanchecenter.org/observations/observation-cardiff-fork-18
    Looking forward to your reports...
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    If you go out, be sure to take skin wax, and...

    If you go out, be sure to take skin wax, and maybe wax for your ski bottoms!

    I went to upper White Pine yesterday, lured by Bruce Tremper's words in Wednesday's UAC report, "I was pleasantly...
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