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  1. #1701
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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
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    shit there's visitors in town, be stoked! this morning was sick!
    im pretty sure they were all solistoked






    todays stoke and bbi supporter spansered by

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    ski on in eternal peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phall View Post
    Flagstaff was getting sun affected around 5pm. 2dogs was $$$$$$$$ but the ski down flag face was....dense. Going to be some movement on the S faces this weekens
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    E facing between 8.5 and 9.5k took a beating during the hour-ish of full sun it saw this morning. It went fast, within a half hour there was a very noticeable change in density in the upper 3" and rapid settlement. Tons of sluffs were coming off the cliff bands within the first 15 minutes of exposure. The greenhousing in the following hours wasn't enough to ruin things up high but below 9.5k on due E facing the 4% blower definitely changed to 15% light cream. I'd munch on that all day but it was a bit too abrupt a change for my taste.
    On the exit you could feel a very light crust on NE faces below 8.5k and we basically had to break trail down the MillB trail which is more or less NW facing.
    Based on this I can't imagine the beating S faces took and the carnage we're about to witness when the temps ramp up something like 30 degrees in the next few days...

    Quote Originally Posted by telefreewasatch
    Been a while since we've seen a bunch of 4% and no wind, eh?

    These high density / windy storms. We are seeing more of them. Becoming the norm. Are they a sign of global warming and climate change?

    Feel like I've been observing things 'round here long enough to post an observation.

    You shoulda seen the trenching done 'round here on skinnier skis and low density "back in the day".

    Coulda used more help on the front end with fellas like you...
    Indeed it has! Return of the dearly missed UT champagne!
    This season definitely has been about winds and dense snow. Considering things have stabilized shockingly fast after the frequent dumps and the wind slabs have been reasonably tame we can't really complain though. And as blasphemous as it sounds I like dense spring pow the best because you can treat it like a groomer and rail super-G turns down everything... Today's turns were kinda slower and smaller, you'd sink to your waist at every turn, bounce off the spongy base and pop straight out without a drop in speed, definitely a different game. Better for wiggling than flying but it kept a giant shit-eating grin on my face all day and I very much enjoyed the change of pace!
    I can't imagine the depths you'd sink if you were breaking on skinny sticks in light snow. Today I was on 115 underfoot taking turns breaking with a splitboarder and it was a soul-crushing wallowfest for the both of us. Knee deep from the parking lot and thigh deep from the beaver pond. Never took so long to get up there before, even in my 1st year of touring on alpine gear!

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    still cold this morning, but it doesn't sound like that's gonna last...

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    Well, observations from the morning:
    Arrived at superior before Sunrise; it already looked like snowbird at 10am.

    Getting over to MC wasn't too bad. Glad to lead the way and not follow.

    Edge of the World was money, almost too low angle for the thigh deep pow. Through the gut was good.
    We hopped over to hit MC gully, might have dropped in too high. I cut off a massive 30" deep storm slab (SW ~10200') below me traversing to the saddle (this is also above the big ass cliffs). It broke off when I was almost on the ridge, almost on flat ground. It was lethargic and reluctant to pull out. Vid to come later. Scary after the fact.
    Made it through a cliff band for added spiciness and had pow all the way to the road (aside from the last 300')

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiATL View Post
    Well, observations from the morning:
    Arrived at superior before Sunrise; it already looked like snowbird at 10am.

    Getting over to MC wasn't too bad. Glad to lead the way and not follow.

    Edge of the World was money, almost too low angle for the thigh deep pow. Through the gut was good.
    We hopped over to hit MC gully, might have dropped in too high. I cut off a massive 30" deep storm slab (SW ~10200') below me traversing to the saddle (this is also above the big ass cliffs). It broke off when I was almost on the ridge, almost on flat ground. It was lethargic and reluctant to pull out. Vid to come later. Scary after the fact.
    Made it through a cliff band for added spiciness and had pow all the way to the road (aside from the last 300')
    I did the higher traverse into the MC gully earlier this year, probably the same line you took. For some reason I thought the sneak was the first skiable ramp to the left instead of the last which is barely above the main cliff. Definitely some sporty stuff in there, we had to huck into and out of it, the upper drop was small but the lower one was a 15' section of low angle rocks that was a bit unnerving to navigate. I wonder how much more filled in it is now and I strongly doubt it would go in anything but a fat year. There are some rad looking mini-chutes terminating in 10' ice falls that drain into that gully, it would be a fun place to explore!
    The ramp traverse to get there is definitely a prime spot to get lanched, glad the slab didn't grab you, riding over that big cliff in a slide would ruin your day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boissal View Post
    I did the higher traverse into the MC gully earlier this year, probably the same line you took. For some reason I thought the sneak was the first skiable ramp to the left instead of the last which is barely above the main cliff. Definitely some sporty stuff in there, we had to huck into and out of it, the upper drop was small but the lower one was a 15' section of low angle rocks that was a bit unnerving to navigate. I wonder how much more filled in it is now and I strongly doubt it would go in anything but a fat year. There are some rad looking mini-chutes terminating in 10' ice falls that drain into that gully, it would be a fun place to explore!
    The ramp traverse to get there is definitely a prime spot to get lanched, glad the slab didn't grab you, riding over that big cliff in a slide would ruin your day...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwalk View Post
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    Wait, no hucking the ice? But that's the best #instaspray opportunity!!!

    In case you're wondering, I didn't either. I scratched my way down that same ramp which doesn't look much more skiable than it did 3 weeks ago. Unless you decide to air over the sharks that is:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MultiVerse
    I've made the opposite mistake by missing the last exit and had to scratch and claw my way out while hanging onto to old tatty anchors.
    Shiiiiiiiiiiiit. I'll take my fuckup over yours anytime!
    I skied the "directissimo" back in the day when I thought ticking the more techy lines in the chuting gallery was a must. Getting to the rap anchor in firm conditions took years off my life. I hear there's an upper anchor that allows you to safely make it to the main drop but we didn't see it and ended up scraping down blue ice to get to 2 miserable nuts holding a lose flake in place. I can't imagine having to climb back from the edge of the cliff, I'd probably shit myself twice and never ski that run again.

    As a side note, I don't mind dealing with a mandatory rap but this line is heinously contrived considering you can ski a better line right around the corner and get back into the main gully directly below the cliff. It's like a rap-bolted and runout climb: not worth it. Almost as dumb as skiing the GWI.

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    He's got it.
    Quote Originally Posted by dfinn View Post
    Think he’s referring to all the people heading up with headlamps on tomorrow am which I was planning on being a part of until reading what phall said.
    Quote Originally Posted by telefreewasatch View Post
    ?
    X mas lights are a big deal. Any time of year.
    Feel like I should know...
    What am I forgetting, bud?
    Saw lights in Lisa Falls, Maybird, Tanners, White Pine...

    We were the third party up the Hypodermic Needle. 4:30 Start in White Pine up Red Pine Trees, over Small pass, up the lower portion of the Needle and across the hanging snowfield to the Coalpit headwall ridge. We were passed by two parties on the last hour. 9:30 at the top. Skins on the whole time except the last bit of the ridge. Damn it was good.

    Wet activity on the S Face of Superior by 1p.












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    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 slopes, above about 9,000’."

    Here are 2 photos of where I found pretty good Spring powder on steeper, shady upper elevation slopes, above about 9,000' yesterday.

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    Skiied the Y for the first time ever this morning, it did not disappoint

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    buddy in town, had to do a big day to gear up for a trip in a couple weeks. he had never been, so we took the long way to Superior. the really long way, from Porter via Dog Lake

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    it was all wasangelesed out but still soft and skiing good. the sun was fucking strong, the last hike up the Raymond shoulder really hurt

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    this didn't. still powder on protected north.

    but all this wandering got me looking forward to some high pressure days in the alpine...

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    Mall walker figuring out new ways to beat cottonwoods traffic! That's some true will power dude.

    Fuck yeah tbatt on Coalpit.

    Short, fun, and surprisingly untracked chute this morning:

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhitchner View Post
    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 slopes, above about 9,000’."

    Here are 2 photos of where I found pretty good Spring powder on steeper, shady upper elevation slopes, above about 9,000' yesterday.
    To see a photo gallery of 37 of my photos taken last Friday click on this link https://lhitchner.smugmug.com/Skiing...March-15-2019/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    so we took the long way to Superior. the really long way, from Porter via Dog Lake
    i had to read that a few times to fully comprehend. That is a really really really long way.

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    ^^^ Talk about a supertour. Having down Alta to Summit Park which is mostly downhill I get queasy at the the thought of basically reversing and lengthening that beatdown. Proud work. The GT is going to bore you at this point...

    Had my first loss of inspiration for the season after getting skunked Thursday and decided to skip the Saturday crowd pleaser in favor or riding bikes and getting started on the garden.
    After a violent FOMO attack I was back at it for a pow-finding mission on Sunday. Looks like "a few" people headed into Cardiff/Sup over the past few days, it was odd to find the Alta lots and Pole Pass skinner fully deserted.

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    You can see mallwalker way the fuck out there, on his way to this exact spot:

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    Hello gorgeous:

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    POS line award goes to this thing. Even the novelty factor doesn't redeem it, I'd skip it even in stellar conditions. It gets you places fast at least:

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    Steep trenching, steep skiing:

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    Traversed over to Mineral after the excruciating experience of skinning down MillB last Thursday. No tracks whatsoever on the ridge which gave us hope for a classic Santiago exit. Turns out the fucking bird landed a group of people right on top of it, as well as pretty much every other line in the drainage. Room of Doom looked like High Boy a week after a storm. Oh well, these flying idiots couldn't ski themselves out of a paper bag and left the centerpunch alone. Good snow all the way to the flats. Insane coverage on the road, the aspen tunnel is getting seriously cramped.

    One more pano for the road:

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    It's going to take some high-level imagination to find a fresh line on Scotties:

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    ^ hell yeah. some of those look steep

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    Great weekend! Props to the dibs household for hosting a great event, it was rad to meet so many mags! I was bummed I wasn't able to ski with everyone but hopefully some of us can still get out before all the snow melts in July(?).....

    Had a great weekend skiing.... Saturday started with a visit to big ben

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    ^^^How many ogdens does this get?^^^

    Sunday skied some groomers for a few hours at solitude, but had to leave to work before the mass mag gathering

    this morning, decided to hit the stairmaster
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    snow holding up ok in those steep shady areas?

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    Skied a N facing Patsy this AM and the snow as still dry. A slight change in aspect can bring on a crust quickly.

    I went back up in the afternoon to check the harvest. SW at 1:30p had some supportable corn.

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    OMG some beautiful pics this last few days/ gg mags




    The Snow was about perfect for High Speed Cruising Today - was at Soli
    on Evel Knievels

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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    we took the long way to Superior. the really long way, from Porter via Dog Lake

    .

    WTF?!
    "If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nest View Post
    WTF?!
    wanted to do ~30 miles, gearing up for a big trip... can't really say I recommend it. but to quote your sig, "If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough."

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    still finding some soft turns out there at protected north mid elevation this morning, but the juice may not be worth the squeeze... corn or steeps might be the better call

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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    still finding some soft turns out there at protected north mid elevation this morning, but the juice may not be worth the squeeze... corn or steeps might be the better call
    Couloir weeks and corn harvests, what's not to love?
    Sub-par frame grab from Sunday video, I'd post the actual footy but my mouth breathing obscures the awesome sound of the sluffs cascading over the cliff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boissal View Post
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    That's a rad shot with the cascading snow, but at least tilt the camera so it looks like all the photos from other angles

    Did this again today

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    missed a turned, skied a little way into coalpit drainage, far enough to loosen yer fillings from ze chatter. then turned it around and caught some soft snow in da steep trees.

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    Skied the drool today. Thanks Utah.


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