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  1. #1
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    Hilda Lodge in Valkyrs March 3 -11, 2024

    Got in early. Had basically a full day to explore. 130cms fell the week before. HS at 2100m has increased from 160cms to 280cms. 25 cms fell today giving us a full reset.

    We skied Hut Trees, Espresso

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    25cms overnight. 15cms fell during the day. 195cms in the last 10 days being 1/3rds of the total snowfall of the season. -11 to -13 during the day.

    We skied Espresso Deep, Burton direct, more Espresso and Hut Trees

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    Last edited by LeeLau; 03-05-2024 at 07:17 PM.

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    realtime trip report?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 406 View Post
    realtime trip report?
    Yup. Snowed 10cms again today

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    Sorry for the thread drift--- Lee, were you once a dentist that skied Heavenly in 1995?

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    Trace fell overnight. 5cms new during the day but later in the day with clear skies to start the day. - 14 to - 11 throughout the day. Crossed the Battlefield then up to Gateway Col.

    Did a low angle run into the Pearly Gates N off Gateway but the slope was too low angle given the 1m+ new. Gained Gateway again then did a line paralleling Serendipity halfway down the Norns. Then skied the two left Norns (Secret Lover and Wishbone) to valley floor.

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    Nice!
    27° 18°

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    Totally utterly clear. Moderate winds up high. - 15 during the day but we skied the Nasty Norn in sun to warm up. Feeling a hint of sun affect we then switched over to the Hilda Zone to find north facing shots.

    Then ended the day with back to scheduled pow runs NW off Rampart Col
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    Minus 16 to start the day. Brrr. Quickly warmed up settling into -10s then -7 to end.

    E facing still good even with sun on it. Some N faces up high at 2300 starting to feel WS.

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    Mixed cloud and sun. No new snow. -8 morning, -3 at valley floor ( warm!l). Snow getting a minor crust on E aspects but still in fine shape on NW and N aspects.

    Skied Burton Direct2, Hut Ridge to PoCo Couloir. Then finished with hut dongers
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    -5 to start day. -3 during the day. Weather stayed nice for rubs on PoCo couloir and the Ramparts. Storm coming in at 230pm just as scheduled and just in time for a series of hut dongers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gaijin View Post
    Sorry for the thread drift--- Lee, were you once a dentist that skied Heavenly in 1995?
    gaijin - nope. Never have skied any Tahoe resorts

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    gaijin - nope. Never have skied any Tahoe resorts
    Cheers. I think I was once ski buddies with your doppelgänger.

    Anyway, I always appreciate your photog work around here. Thanks for posting so frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaijin View Post
    Cheers. I think I was once ski buddies with your doppelgänger.

    Anyway, I always appreciate your photog work around here. Thanks for posting so frequently.
    No problem. 4 of us heading for Japow next year in Hokkaido area for mid Jan to Feb. Know you're more in Northern Honshu area but we've got 3+ weeks so paths may cross. Have enjoyed and learned from your stories

    Staying with locals + friends in area and looking forward to it

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    Amazing timing, by the looks of it. Love the photos, but clicked on the thread to hopefully get some insight on that new avi tool... looks like a fist?? Ha.

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    noob/jong question, but how much average vert do you do on these trips? Just trying to get a sense of how much climbing is involved in these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alive View Post
    Amazing timing, by the looks of it. Love the photos, but clicked on the thread to hopefully get some insight on that new avi tool... looks like a fist?? Ha.
    Anal fisting tool another group left behind

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    Ha! That's the one. Thanks for the laughs. Man, its been a while since I've been on a hut trip. Things have changed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aragon View Post
    noob/jong question, but how much average vert do you do on these trips? Just trying to get a sense of how much climbing is involved in these days.
    It really varies, depends on the outfit, weather and the group you go with. 3000'-6000' for an average day? Most larger trips have two different groups that head out with different objectives so you can choose the kind of day you would like...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alive View Post
    It really varies, depends on the outfit, weather and the group you go with. 3000'-6000' for an average day? Most larger trips have two different groups that head out with different objectives so you can choose the kind of day you would like...
    Yah what alive said. BTW you should get on some of the last minute 50% off trips I email or post up here. I know being a good Dad and all but it'd be fun.

    Hut of 12. We split up to 3 or 4 groups. So it varies but we don't do big groups touring together which is what guided groups seem to trend towards

    I usually average 1500m - 1800m/ day with occasional 2000m days. Some people in my group will drop off with one lap to go. Some may do another lap. The day usually goes 7 hours.

    This trip our first 3 days had heavy trailbreaking so it brought it down to 1300m avg. One maniac ( adimmen) averaged 2000m/ day with a last day 3000m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    BTW you should get on some of the last minute 50% off trips I email or post up here..
    How does 1 get on said email list?

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    Lee, great photos and stoke! Thanks for posting this wicked TR.
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