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  1. #1451
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    I was thinking about poking around Mary Ellen Gulch via the bottom of Mineral Basin. I know Snowbird is working towards adding a lift over there, but anybody know if I will run into issues trying to do a little skinning over there?

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  2. #1452
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    ^^^ unwritten rule has always been too not return into mineral via Sunday saddle. While exiting just be quick about it. Pretty sure plans for the lift are off the table as of right now


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  3. #1453
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    Fair warning...I will be bugging you about on guess on conditions for the weekend. Thinking about driving out with my wife.

    Pluses: I've been respecting your area since 1983
    Minuses: I have an IKON pass

    I'm guessing cloudy but with soft chalky snow? Sounds perfect for Snowbird.
    Bird was superduper yesterday.
    Should be fantastico today!

    Lets ski!

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    Some fun from yesterday afternoon

  5. #1455
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    Another epic day.
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  6. #1456
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    Don't get around posting here that often, but it's been a good season so far in the Wasatch...













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  7. #1457
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    those are sick. that shot of hobbs is unreal

  8. #1458
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    Quote Originally Posted by boardtodeath View Post
    That's cool and all, but I will get over 70 days on my Bird pass making it a better deal (I bought it early). I make no argument that the IKON is the best pass if you're someone that skis in the 20-35 day range, but it didn't make sense this year if I just ski the bird. If I go on a trip it's usually to a non-megapass place anyway.

    Now if it was unlimited bird days instead of solitude, would totally get me to pull the trigger. And if I had multiple trips to say Jackon and Revy or Steamboat or whatever planned then yeah that would be a sweet deal. I don't hate on anyone for going with it, most of my friends skiing out here this year are ikon holders! Just the crowds that suck, but such is the way of the world. It's gonna get busier.
    that's cool and all that you give your cash to the corp
    but .....

    personally not payin for passes is possibly cooler
    and using that $$$ to slay

    is better than anything ive ever skied at the bird
    strong stoke work by the usual suspects while I was up north
    eh
    I cant believe none of youse fuckers told me a mere pebbles throw away from the satch
    ya could score a $15 lift bump

    skin up amongst snow ghosts



    and reap untracked potatoes pow off the backside

    that

    #dontsuck


    skin back up


    and no the front side didn't suck either


    yesterdays apres meeting the foggy goggled one hangin w/ bmc, his crew, and the fugues bro
    while the g cat showed his luvs and the special sauce brought it hard

    didn't suck either
    unless you went back to jerseys and missed it and one of the best jan febs weve had in a while

    cheers fuckos
    "When the child was a child it waited patiently for the first snow and it still does"- Van "The Man" Morrison
    "I find I have already had my reward, in the doing of the thing" - Buzz Holmstrom
    "THIS IS WHAT WE DO"-AML -
    ski on in eternal peace

  9. #1459
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    Quote Originally Posted by skifishbum View Post
    that's cool and all that you give your cash to the corp
    but .....

    personally not payin for passes is possibly cooler
    and using that $$$ to slay

    is better than anything ive ever skied at the bird
    strong stoke work by the usual suspects while I was up north
    eh
    I cant believe none of youse fuckers told me a mere pebbles throw away from the satch
    ya could score a $15 lift bump

    skin up amongst snow ghosts



    and reap untracked potatoes pow off the backside

    that

    #dontsuck


    skin back up


    and no the front side didn't suck either


    yesterdays apres meeting the foggy goggled one hangin w/ bmc, his crew, and the fugues bro
    while the g cat showed his luvs and the special sauce brought it hard

    didn't suck either
    unless you went back to jerseys and missed it and one of the best jan febs weve had in a while

    cheers fuckos
    Yeah yeah. Rub it in.

  10. #1460
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    bbiu19comeith
    uthere?
    #gettardedandbaked
    "When the child was a child it waited patiently for the first snow and it still does"- Van "The Man" Morrison
    "I find I have already had my reward, in the doing of the thing" - Buzz Holmstrom
    "THIS IS WHAT WE DO"-AML -
    ski on in eternal peace

  11. #1461
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    Another good one yesterday. Full parking lot at White Pine at 9am late start led me to believe that fresh tracks would be limited. But we found ourselves breaking trail up *name redacted* with no one in sight. Two top to bottom laps and we moved on.
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    I would be out there now, but there was a little mishap this morning with my gear waiting for a curbside pickup:
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  12. #1462
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    ^ nice score on the fresh tracks... not exactly an obscure destination, kinda surprised! and I guess you'll be in the new boot market sooner than later eh?

  13. #1463
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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    ^ nice score on the fresh tracks... not exactly an obscure destination, kinda surprised! and I guess you'll be in the new boot market sooner than later eh?
    Right? Was everyone at the race?

    Yeah, bummed about the boots, not because I don't like new gear, but because I've got a trip a week away.

  14. #1464
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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    whoever sold me those verts, thank you again. even with them, trenching to my knees and worth every step.
    You're welcome. I found them in my girlfriends garage in Winnemucca. She had no idea what they were, and I remember you posting about possibly looking for a pair and reached out to you. Glad to see they are living the good life now instead of gathering dust or the bad dump.

  15. #1465
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    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 up North of the summit). Am I correct? How was the snow and the stability?

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    Oops, I just read Zion Zig Zag's post. Sorry to spill the beans about "name redacted". But, any Wasatch b-c skier worth his or her salt should easily recognize where you were.

    Quote Originally Posted by criscam View Post
    Another epic day.
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  16. #1466
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    What size are your maestrales? I've got a pair 297 bsl I could sell for cheap.


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  17. #1467
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    Quote Originally Posted by lhitchner View Post
    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 up North of the summit). Am I correct? How was the snow and the stability?

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    Oops, I just read Zion Zig Zag's post. Sorry to spill the beans about "name redacted". But, any Wasatch b-c skier worth his or her salt should easily recognize where you were.
    Yeah, definitely no big secret location. Just trying to be more mindful of what I tag. Itís crowded enough around here without spoon feeding.

  18. #1468
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    Quote Originally Posted by altacoup View Post
    What size are your maestrales? I've got a pair 297 bsl I could sell for cheap.


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    306mm. Thanks for checking, Iíve gotten some damn good help in tech talk and it looks like I may be ok.

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    a week ago I texted Boissal this pic... got beat to the punch a few days ago, but figured better late than never...

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    kinda variable up there but a super nice line, longer and wider than it looks

    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    You're welcome. I found them in my girlfriends garage in Winnemucca. She had no idea what they were, and I remember you posting about possibly looking for a pair and reached out to you. Glad to see they are living the good life now instead of gathering dust or the bad dump.
    with the winter we're having, including today, they're living their best life

  20. #1470
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    Did the weekend warrior inbounds ski thing this weekend with brother in law. Brighton Saturday skied great and Bird Sunday was fantastic.

    Traffic and parking still junk show. Even on non holiday non pow days. Makes me scratch my head.

    Had a $30 lunch and beer at top of Snowbird. Pork loin, 2 sides and IPA. Was worth it. Deer Valley type food. Didnít know Snowbird was turning that way.

  21. #1471
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    Pretty good weekend out there! Stoked to see everyone getting after it... allow me to continue the stoke train lol

    Left work a little early on Friday and decided to rip up Triangle for a quick mission, good overall but some definite crust and crude below the fresh snow

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    Saturday took the wife a few of her friends out to RayRay for a casual stroll, surprising untouched, until now lol... pretty splitter until the front moved in, in the afternoon.

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    Sunday cracked out the tele set up and tooled around Solitude (gotta use that WS benefit lol) and it was great, actually found a few fresh lines down Fantasy Ridge...
    You took too much man, too much, too much

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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    I do wish motherfuckers would stop rounding out the kickturns but I mean, everyone starts somewhere. For the crowds, it’s remarkably not so bad. Bearing in mind I rarely ski upper LCC.
    There is no forgiveness for rounding out kickturns. It's a whippet-to-the-neck level of offense. I watched 5 idiots obliterate a skinner that i had put in and been milking all day recently, it went from casual to heinous in a hot minute. Every one of these knobs would initiate the kickturn 2 steps too soon, put their fucking ski down almost vertically, and bitch that the skinner was too steep and poorly set while sliding down through 3 more turns below. I ran through their party shaking my head and got an earful form the guy in the front, I'd have pushed him off but he fell out on his own.
    Here's a thought: if you don't like or can't follow a skin track, STFU and set your own!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boissal View Post
    There is no forgiveness for rounding out kickturns. It's a whippet-to-the-neck level of offense. I watched 5 idiots obliterate a skinner that i had put in and been milking all day recently, it went from casual to heinous in a hot minute. Every one of these knobs would initiate the kickturn 2 steps too soon, put their fucking ski down almost vertically, and bitch that the skinner was too steep and poorly set while sliding down through 3 more turns below. I ran through their party shaking my head and got an earful form the guy in the front, I'd have pushed him off but he fell out on his own.
    Here's a thought: if you don't like or can't follow a skin track, STFU and set your own!
    lol, it is immeasurably more frustrating when you were the one who set the skinner... even more so when you set it that very day. I don't understand the thinking behind pointing your skinned ski directly up the fall line on a steep slope nor do I understand the virulent objection to taking one extra step so as to make a proper kick turn, but it is funny watching people fall down on the ascent (and watch them making Austin Powers style 6 point turns to round a single switchback) so I guess the schadenfreude will have to compensate for the ruined skinners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    lol, it is immeasurably more frustrating when you were the one who set the skinner... even more so when you set it that very day. I don't understand the thinking behind pointing your skinned ski directly up the fall line on a steep slope nor do I understand the virulent objection to taking one extra step so as to make a proper kick turn, but it is funny watching people fall down on the ascent (and watch them making Austin Powers style 6 point turns to round a single switchback) so I guess the schadenfreude will have to compensate for the ruined skinners.
    I agree, it's puzzling that people don't understand that when you only have 1 skin on the ground and are shifting your center of gravity all over the place it's in your best interest to keep things as flat as possible. Maybe there's a flexibility issue at play here? I'm all about steep skinners but I always drop the angle one step before and a few steps after a kickturn. Nothing ruins the moment more than backflipping out of a turn into deep snow when you're only wearing a baselayer...
    The Argenta skinner had some of the weirdest kickturns I've ever seen this weekend. On the upper section that leads to the summit there were fully excavated 6' long flat platforms at every turn. Some sort of anti-Wasatch move I could get behind as long as I'm not doing the excavation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTrue View Post
    Don't get around posting here that often, but it's been a good season so far in the Wasatch...
    I can only see 4 of these shots, hosting issue on the other ones...

    Back to some stoke after complaining about kickturns. Another terrible week in the Wasatch. Hopefully this warm weather nonsense doesn't mark the end of the low elevation snowpack...

    Close quarters schralping:

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    Diving into the unknown:

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    Thank you for growing here. Ten feet higher would have spelled trouble...

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    Sightseeing on Verts:

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