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  1. #1
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    TR: UT11-1 Some bright spots

    Just back from a week in SLC in some unusual conditions. Hadn't snowed much since the new year when I arrived on 1/11. On 1/12 I poked around the girzzly gulch area and found discouraging conditions...anything in view seemed to have been schralped considerably - not all too shocking in the Wasatch. Knowing that the easy access stuff was out, skadhi and I cooked up a plan to head towards Mt Raymond in BCC the next morning for a more substantial walk.
    There


    Heading up from Butler Fork


    Objective comes into view

    We skied from just to the viewer's left of the obvious summit ramp (where there was a group of tracks)

    We had a beautiful, partly sunny and low wind approach, with great views of the surrounding peaks


    As we made the summit push, the clouds rolled in. Could not put a damper though on the incredible endorphin rush that comes from completing a long climb

    Drrrrroppping


    skadhi


    My turn


    After the apron we still had a couple thousand feet of widely spaced aspens to play in

    (then a bit of a death-luge track at the end, but forget that)

    Super fun day and a great peak to check off the list, as anyone who has driven down BCC has probably mind-skied it many times.

    The next day a system plunged down from the PNW, and delivered a glancing blow to the Bird. Unusual for sure, but the morning of the 4" snowfall definitely skied like powder, especially on the favored NE ridges. First run was chinese powhill, had a bit of time later on to snap a few pictures.

    JCD3 slays upper cirque


    MR, tips up


    Sun came out for a second for this shot on Gad Chutes


    The next day, I got to take a lap out the Gad2 gate with ChuckL (you reading this?) and EM.
    CL breaks trail through the clouds


    and after a long traverse EM drops into Shady Acres


    CL further down


    This zone was surpisingly untracked and skied well. Definitely wasn't blower pow, but fun supportive turns for sure.

    At this point, the move was to rest up for the party Saturday night at DPS HQ, and get ready to slay pow that was set to come in Sunday into Monday.




    Except, Sunday, it rained to the summit of Snowbird. Yep, it rained in January in LCC. Wild stuff. This unfortunately put an early end to our skiing, as the next couple of days were downright scary. Snowbird may have put it best: Current Mountain Conditions*
    Due to an unusual weather event at the resort it is highly recommended that skiers and riders stick to groomed runs and recommended routes

    Hopefully this will heal the Jan 8 layer of surface hoar. Looks like its starting to pile up a bit again now. Damn snow hoars!!

    Pretty one to end on, maybe a future objective


    1tn1
    Last edited by 1thenaton1; 01-19-2011 at 09:47 PM.

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    Nice TR I enjoyed reading that...too bad conditions weren't better!
    Just ski down there and jump of a somethin' fer cryin' out loud!

    -Pain McShlonkey

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    Thanks. Raymond was fun

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    CL further down


    wow very ninja...super sick
    Quote Originally Posted by SpinalTap View Post
    I'm really troubled by whatever pictures the Don had to search through to arrive at that one...

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