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  1. Stacked turns is part o their avalanche mitigation program, as well as preserving it for others. It didn't really matter, there was so much pow to be had. There was only one time, on the second half of one of the runs, where our guide asked us to figure8 his tracks. As for the report ... we arrived at the Telluride airport at 7:35am to meet our chopper at 7:45am. As were pulling into the parking lot it flew overhead and set down on the ramp. Quick boot up, we walked into the FBO with skis on our shoulder, met up with the pilots, and we were skids up in a few minutes after a quick safety briefing. Thanks to @skiincy for some of those sweet airport shots! It was a quick 6 minute flight over the San Juans to Silverton, before we did a few spirals down into the valley that Silverton sits in. We checked in, got our tickets, and got grouped up with a fun group of guys around our age, mostly from CO, who had some "let's see if these PA guys can hang" comments that quickly faded after we left them in the dust as they were huffing and puffing on the first hike. Our first run was a heli drop, so all 8 of us piled in the Bell 206 chopper that had brought us to Silverton only an hour previously. Landed on top of a peak, kept our heads down, and the bird lifted back off for us to enjoy a perfectly sunny and calm bluebird day. Our guide briefed us on the run, and turned us loose one at a time. After a couple thousand feed of pow turns, we ended up back on a cat track that takes us back to the bus, which takes us back to the base area. We then headed up the lift and started a 40 minutes hike up the ridge to some *amazing* turns. A quick drop in, and some traversing across some rocks, and we were ripping another few thousand feet of even deeper snow than the heli provided. Again, to the cat track at the bottom, to the bus, and back to the lift. Third run was a quick 5 minute hike at the start, and a 5 minute hike at the bottom to get back to the cat track. Again, a few thousand feet of untracked pow. It was starting to get repetitive Fourth run was about a 20 minute hike below a cliff band to more untracked. At this point, we were cooked, skied to the gully to the road, picked up a bus, and headed back to the base area where our chopper was waiting for us to takes us back to Telluride. All in all, an amazing day, amazing skiing, with amazing friends. It wasn't the deepest snow I've ever skied, but it was the steepest, smoothest, longest I have. It was 100/10. The weather couldn't have been better, either.
    25 points
  2. My chauffeur just dropped me off in the middle of the road to get back home. This morning at Blue was one of the most memorable days I have ever had there. Holy cow. I ended up skinning to the bottom of my road to get picked up by @AtomicSkierfirst thing this morning. An absolute magic carpet ride. The drive to Blue wasn't terrible since there was a bit of a break in the weather. Once we got there and got out on the snow there was about 8-10" of snow on the ground. Pretty significant delayed opening because of chair icing up and needing to be spaced out. Once the lift started spinning we knew we were in for a treat. First run was down Razors and the only other track was from ski patrol. Next run was down Challenge which had tracks but was still silky goodness on the sides. After that it was a game time decision for the next run and I wanted to hit up Coming Soon. There were 3-4 tracks down coming soon and so I followed them in. PASRs followed behind. The top was a bit wind blown but still very skiable. Once you got to the last headwall that dropped into Paradise it was heaven. The last headwall offered endless powder shots. So good we did it a second time after. The turns on the last headwall are fantastic. I wish I would have taken out my camera to take pictures or video but it was just too boner city the stop the bouncy, flowing turns through the titty sparkles. Overall it was a 12/10 day. That. Fucking. Good. Lots of PASRs in the house. All of us came back out to the lot with smiles the size of dinner plates. Beers were consumed. Stories were told. It's a good day to be a skier in PA. I hope others post video and pictures that they took, because today was a gem 👌 Fuck. Today was fantastic.
    24 points
  3. Thanks everyone. I'm OK. I'll post again in a bit. Major thank you to everyone everyone for the well wishes as well as the awesome crew here.
    23 points
  4. The gang is all here @mute1080 @enjoralas @Benm @JFskiDan @RidgeRacer @PSUFly. It’s super cold, the sun is shining, the snow is fantastic. Everyone is enjoying themselves so far. Everything is open and groomed to perfection or bumped up nicely. Some would say it is like skiing in Vermont, but without the drive.
    20 points
  5. Another successful PASR adventure. @EdBacon @skiincy Wally @Mixilplix @mbike-ski myself, and Jordan - a guy I know from trail running joined in. We met at the reservoir parking lot trailhead and were off around 8:00. Under clear blue skies and plenty of sun we made our way up an unplowed reservoir access road. After 1.5+ miles and 800+ vertical feet of skinning up, we made it to the top where it flattened at the observatory. Wally was pleased to finally be there. After a quick break for photos and to pack our gear way, we made it back down the access road. The pitch at first wasn't super steep, but as it progressed it got plenty steep. No worries about keeping up speed. The snow on the side of the boot/skin pack was fantastic and there were plenty of little logs and rollers to pop off of. After we got back down, Wally was tired from chasing @skiincy the whole way down so her and @Mixilplix went back to the lot. The rest of us went back up past the reservoir and up Furnace Creek to make some more turns. Jordan and I broke trail and picked our way up about 400' of the backside of Pulpit Rock to get some turns in the trees, and good turns were found. I know some others took photos and I'll let them share them here too... After 5.5+ miles of skiing and 1500+ feet of climbing we called it a day and enjoyed a few beverages in the parking lot before heading out. Everything today exceeded expectations and it didn't feel like we were in Pennsylvania. It is wild to continually get good turns outside of a resort in PA. This season has been a treat so far and it has been a blast enjoying it with the PASRs!
    20 points
  6. Adventure is seriously underrated, often dismissed as a flight of fancy or a trivial diversion. Something if time allows, something only after all the serious work has been done. I think if you made me sum up today and this whole week it's that adventure is like truffle that makes everything taste good but for your spirit. The first line NM spotted, moments after we could see the place thrusday morning was up Palmyra peak. A ribbon of white along a rocky ridge led to a seeming shangri-la, a rock rimmed ramp of HR Fluff and Stuff. We inquired with the local bar keep as to conditions yesterday and like any fine keeper of ales she gave us word that their few tracks past the first gate.The snow swept in around 8 and by the time we started marching up the ridge the wind was wipping flakes into a snowglobe like frenzy. NM the Himalayan mtn goat was first to the prize but as a fine gentlemen let me go first. I got to dive fast and sweeping into a perfect ramp of piles of pow. As the steepness faded slightly a apron of deep untracked was revealed. Full pow bounce in effect, knee to waist blower in 1000 vert rock cathedral all to our lonesome. Pictures cannot do the experience justice, the scale of the place. That little green dot is NM in the apron. We had a bald mtn run immediately after which yielded the deepest turns of the trip possibly. All this the day after a full day of diamond dust, after a day in helicopters skiing stupid long lines of untracked under perfect skies, after a 8 inch pow day on a empty Wednesday in Telluride. I met Barb, I laughed until my sides hurt. To say it was a good trip is a slanderous beytral akin to 9/11 lol Adventure then was what this was all about and to do so now under such onerous living conditions is what it's all about. Formally then to everyone thank you ! Super shout out to Atomic for making this all happening and being the most finest host. Adventure is far easier to find then good people to do it with.
    20 points
  7. Here is a picture of @NMSKI from this morning at 11:15am. Not a lift line in sight, either.
    20 points
  8. Back at it. Skin lap at Stratton on the way to Jackson NH, skied almost top to bottom with a little fast grass thrown in for fun. Made it to Tuckermans Saturday morning. The hike up was mud, rocks, slush and snow, we did skin a bit towards the top. Boot pack up right, they got about 6” of snow on Thursday night and we had first tracks in right. Really heavy cream cheese snow. Boot up left En-root to Hillmans. We skied down Hillmans and to rope 7, then back to hiking on the way out. In total it was 8.2 miles,4100’ of vert, 7.5 hours, 4 beers, 2 liters of water and countless snacks. All in all a great day in the mountains. I suck at taking pictures so this is the best I have. After a few more beers and snacks in the lot we were on the road to Killington for the night and gondola laps on Sunday. They reported 30ish trails and the skiing was damn fun. Great way to end April skiing. On to May! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    19 points
  9. Ski season up here took its time arriving then dumped four feet on us all at once and it was so much snow you couldn't move the first day. For a few days all the backcountry rock stars from up around Stowe were down here in little ol' Brownsville because Ascutney got hammer-slammered with powder in a storm that didn't go much further north than White River Junction. You never saw so many Sprinter vans and Labrador retrievers in our parking lot. Then two weeks later it rained and washed ALL of that snow away and that's how Vermont winter rolls. Then February arrived and kept giving and giving and it was amazing. Nobody could stand the Epic-Pass lines at Okemo (even weekdays were nuts) so we did lots of AT skiing on Ascutney. I work 24-hour shifts and have way more days off than my friends, so I taught myself to snowboard. Got some snowshoes and earned my turns and bruised my tailbone. I can ride a T-bar on the board no problem but still can't figure out how to get off a chairlift without it looking like a disaster from an I Love Lucy episode. I'm drinking coffee this morning and waiting for the New Yorkers to go home so I can get in some springy-soft runs at Okemo this afternoon. Here are some random pics from this season: One day it was all glare ice on Ascutney after some rain, and we were all bummed not to be able to ski. Then around 3pm the guy who runs the groomer decided to make some passes, so we followed him around for a little sunset touring and fresh corduroy: N The community T-bar runs until 4pm weekends then it clears out fast. I had a firepit and a whole powdery mountain to myself lots of evenings. Skinning up near the top of Ascutney is great fun and the snow was unbelievable last month: I retired from teaching and work as an EMT for a fire department, so I drive a fire engine now. This is so much more fun than grading papers and I have five days off every week!
    19 points
  10. Skied 545-715 with the fam. 62° when we arrived and 58° leaving with super soft snow. Got a fist bump from @antman12on our way out to the snow and the rest of the hill was empty. Most likely the last day of the season for my little one so it was nice way to end it.
    19 points
  11. It was a great way to end the trip. Snow report listed 5” but the sign at the lift said a foot of fresh snow. Depending on where you were with the wind, it was both. Took the 830 bus and there was a little crowd for the Silver Queen lift. On the lift shortly after 9 and went down paradise to the paradise lift. Little wind blown on top but boot deep fresh in spots lower. Down it again to Lower Treasury which had untouched snow. Wasn’t the lightest snow and made you work but it was grate. Down something else to SQL and said byes to @AtomicSkier. Kept lapping woods, bumps, and packed pow until my legs hurt. Pretty much stayed Horseshoe to international area down to SLQ with occasional runs to Paradise lift. Caught the 115 back and the roads in down were already dry. Had a ton of fun and my legs are worked. It was a good day.
    19 points
  12. Spring skiing was in full effect today and we had a great time. Kids did a 3 hour private lesson which was pretty much a mountain tour and they loved it. The instructor let them hike one of the ridges and ski off it and they now think their shit doesn’t stink. I did a few of the main favorites, Alberta face, glory hole, and even did the 25 minute hike to the top of Alberta peak and skied chute 5. Skied a bunch of bumps with my son in the afternoon. All in all it was a great day.
    19 points
  13. Skied from 530-745 in 28° light rain. Snow was good and it was empty. We’ve graduated from Valley School to Vista this week and were lapping that until they closed the Vista chair at 7. The kid had no issues on Vista so moved on to Burma with success. Giving Paradise a shot next but Vista felt great instead of the Valley Hill. Didn’t really notice the rain since we were skiing slower. Outer wear was soaked by the end of the session though.
    19 points
  14. Forgot to post this on Monday night since I got drunk from celebrating, but I finally finished my PhD at Widener University and hope to never take a class ever again. As difficult and time consuming as it was, I really enjoyed it and would 100% do it over again if I had to go back in time. Even though it is already official, the "official" ceremony won't be until May when I get to wear the fancy doctoral regalia. Looking forward to celebrating with @AtomicSkier Sunday morning with a Truly enjoyable gravel ride if anybody is interested. Hopefully this doesn't mean the end of my student discounts and now that I don't have my school commitment as an excuse, I'll have to find something else to use to get out of things that I don't want to do 😂 Also, this does not mean that you have to call me Dr. Toast.
    18 points
  15. I have had this bullshit idea for awhile now, finally putting some pen to paper and making it happen. Paper template MDF template Bases cut Edges glued Core shaping Fiberglass, vds tape and top sheet Next step is glue on the sidewalls and profile the core, hopefully that happens this week. After that I’ll be building a pneumatic press, I’ll be posting progress as I go. The plan is to be on these by the end of the season. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    18 points
  16. Got here last night, skiing DV as I can wake up at 830 and make first chair at 9. Warm, currently working overtime on my Goggle tan. Groomers were firm and smooth first thing and now turning to a delicious slush. Off trail was brutal boilerplate but maybe late afternoon I'll see if it's soft. Empty run after run and oysters at the top, fine living for a Monday.
    18 points
  17. Had another sunny spring day at Wolf Creek today. Things started softening up in the sun at about 10:30 am. I skied some with the family and went for a few nice walks along the ridges by myself too. I made the long hike all the way out to Horseshoe Bowl just to say I did it even though the snow there wasn’t great. The staircase up to the knife ridge was a cool experience. Did another hike/traverse into Montezuma Bowl which had really nice snow surprisingly. I never really thought about it, but the Alberta lift area is basically one huuuge glade and is so much fun to explore. Skied a lot of spring bumps today as well. Tomorrow we’re going to Monarch and looking like maybe a pow day on Friday.
    18 points
  18. Took advantage of (likely) the last day of touring the Pennsylvania steeps for a bit with this upcoming weather so I decided to check out an area that I've been eyeing up for a bit. With this last. 6" of dense snow I figured it should be safe to give it a shot. Ended up taking about 20 minutes of skinning to get to the zone I was interested in. Once I got there I made my way down through a Shicola Chute of tight trees which then opened up into a vista of the valley below. The snow was creamy and soft. After 750' of some good turns and a few areas where I had to pick my way through, I made it to an old logging road and started making my way back to a stream bed down the valley that I was going to skin back up. It was starting to get warm and the sun started to pop out as I was making my way up. After clearing some denser trees it opened up quite nicely. The sun was super warm and I had to shed my jacket and gloves climbing back up 750' of mountain. I looked down and saw my shadow and knew, like the groundhog, that my winter turns were not over. This area that I was skinning up was way more open than anything else I've skied on this ridge. As I was going up I knew it might be my last set of turns so even though the snow was getting heavy I decided to go for it. Snow was more cream cheesy with the sun being out, but it was still nice with some rocks to pop off of. Skinned back up and skied back to me car to call it a day. These last 3 weeks have been surreal and it hasn't felt like PA. It might not be crazy stuff, but I definitely feel more comfortable getting out on my touring gear and putting it to use. Hopefully this won't be the last time this winter. Enjoy the mediocre video.
    18 points
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  20. Edgie wedgie for the win! Got there a little later than I’d like, but for about 2 hours in this morning. Paradise was for sure best conditions, but the freeride word tour line is starting to get worked in nicely. Good little 3-4 hit line. Came back up in the afternoon for a little bit of school hill action. Went to summit to get a season pass and just skied up there. Unfortunately there were no magic carpet rides to be had, because someone didn’t show for their shift... got a little bit of extra workout today carrying a 30lb weight up hill repeatedly. First day on real skis, lasted about 1.5 hours with a break to explain how snowguns work, and she only fell twice, and wants to go back tomorrow. I’ll count it as a success! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    18 points
  21. It will be interesting to see what happens with my offices reopening the office plans. As of now, we are still planning to open July 13th with some strict guidelines in place but with numbers on the rise again I don't see many people coming back to work. In fact, I do worry a bit since I have been on contact with my family. My parents are in their 60's and my mom has health issues and depends heavily on my Dad so I don't want either of them to get sick. I will probably limit my time at the office. Also, for those who I am not facebook friends with - I got engaged last week! my boyfriend (fiance..? weird) had big plans for the proposal and he kept waiting for things to get somewhat normal again but they really haven't. And with the numbers on the rise, instead of waiting any longer he decided to pop the question at home. Pandemic proposal.
    18 points
  22. Yesterday I made somewhat ambitious plans for my own little "super bowl of skiing" at Greek Peak, the plan was to try out my tele skins, hit Kennedy Sf for some bcXcd, then pop over to see some GP A18/nyskiblog friends at their Super Bowl tailgate in the chair 5 lot. I set out a O’dark thirty through intermittent snow showers to get started before the lifts started running at 8:30 as required by Greek’s uphill policy. I booted up just after 7:30. The root up Alpha/Castor was smooth cord with a dusting of fresh snow with gentle flurries for stoke. About a third of the way up a patroller on a sled came by and asked how far I was going, “Sounds like a loaded question” I laughed and he said I need to be down before the lifts started and agreed I had about 15 -20 minutes to go. About 2/3 of the way up I heard his sled approaching again and gave a wristwatch/thumbs up signal, he stopped and said not to worry about it that chair #2 doesn’t run until 11 and just don't go past the lift. At the top I chatted with a hiker who had come in from the Finger Lakes Trail, he said he hadn’t been to Greek in 50 years and that it looked the same except for a little more rust, lol. My original plan was to ski Aesops Glades but it looked a little bony and being alone decided to take my same root down the fresh chord. Since the second quarter of my game was contingent on lift #2 running I did 5-6 tele runs. Nice snow, both groomed and ungroomed on Iliad, Elysian and Trojan. Ran into one of the A18 guys and rode up chair #4 with him but it was close to 11:00 by that point and needed to hit the tailgate locker room for an equipment change. A quick coffee stout and soft pretzel break at the Trunk and Tire and I was off to chair #2 with the XCD setup for a ski in Kennedy SF. The snowmobile /ski trail runs parallel to Pollux so I ducked in and bushwacked the 20 or so yards and was on my way. I ski’d the multi use trail to the Cook Rd XC ski trailhead for about a 6.9 mile loop including the harrowing ski back down Castor to the base. Even with cable bindings I can’t drive those skis, especially on warm days, those boot soles are just way to floppy. (FYI my skin track is the same root as the finish to start on the track below) It was about 2:30 when I got back to the truck. I was pretty beat but the snow was really coming down so I threw on a dry shirt, grabbed a couple of pocket beers, locked down my heals and headed over to chair #5 area to see if the A18 crew were still around. Had a fun cruise over laying down some big arcs after the morning’s work. Chair 5 lot is an unimproved lot with a tailgating scene that may even rival our row. I got there late and missed the venison spedies though... Caught one of the last chairs back over to the base so I had a burger at tracks before heading out for the snowy ride home. Legs are cooked today A great day a Greek with good snow, all the lifts running (smoothly but slowly!) and a lot of nice folks. Reminded me how much I miss the place. Hopefully this is the start of winter there and I get back up soon. Oh, and I’m more of a hockey guy than football so my Super Bowl of skiing only has 3 quarters!!
    18 points
  23. Post Utah recap. Knee issues. Limited range of motion, like stairs start to become a big issue. Thursday morning was rough. I found out right away the biggest issue was going to be the lift. Bending that knee to sit on the lift hurt like hell, and with a ski attached to it you dont have much choice but to sit like u are sitting in a chair. I figured out to let the chair push me almost off the platform, then sit down at the last minute, then i didnt have to bend my knee as much. Deer Valley - i have never been, never really on my radar with the posh treatment, but i really like the oppurtunity to check out new places. Sweet groomers. Big time speed runs. I think its true mostly pretty people ski there, and most wont venture off trail. I think the day after a storm, trees might still be good. I was just happy i could actually ski groomers, so nothing off trail for me. “The Bird” (day 2) I have been here a few times, and skied just about every condition possible. Powder day/sun, powder day/zero vis/97 mph winds (same storm that knocked out power to JHMR) and bluebird. So the Bird being the bird, the day starts with real low vis up top, so we made it down to gad valley area to where we could see. Clouds rolled out quicker than anticipated and it lead to a really nice day. Somehow i went from barely being able to walk in ski boots in the am, from the car to the base area, to actually feeling better, which i never would have imagined anyways, the Bird is still just a beast. If you are looking for big vert in one run, this is probably where you do it at. Real good day here, finished off with a nice beer on the deck at the top with the boys. Take time to absorb the view from there sometime. Celebrate the small victories in life Brighton - Bluebird, perfect temp, nice day. i forgot how much i love this place, and i am still in love with it. The whole place has the “blue parking lot vibe” to it. Smaller vert somewhere around 2k, but just super playful. Plenty of off tral stuff when the snow is good to keep those with ADD occupied. We skied this Sat, and it was actually kinda crowded, but we did a decent job of avoiding the longest lines by skiing off the Great Western. This was probably my best day knee wise. We dabbled around a little off trail, Toast found some stuff to jump off of, and i figured out with the knee thing im not super confident making quick turns on steeper, somewhat crudy stuff. I cant lift my leg high enough and bring that ski around, nor can i pressure that ski like i can my right. Brighton has super fun groomers with more character than i think anywhere else i have skied. They run through the trees, go up and down, twist and turn and always keep you looking around. I would say Brightons groomers could be like riding the coolest roller coaster ever. Finished off a great day at the miley lodge for a beer and some tater tots in the sun. Right close to the miley lodge is where the blue crew would set up with apres ski activities. I did not end up skiing into someones driveway this year. Alta (day 4) Cold start to the day. BTW, the collins lift opens at 9:15, so we had a little wait in the corral thinking it opened at 9. Once we got off the collins, we were in the sun, so we just stood there for a few absorbing some heat. Skied off the Supreme since thats where the sun was in the am. Met up with Ryan who was able to guide Toast and Aj to some better skiing being the local. Hiking and sidestepping werent going to bode well with my knee, and i wasnt going to put me or anybody else in a weird way thinking it would be a good idea for me to go with. We met back up at the lift, i stuck to the groomers and they found some other stuff to play in. We called it a day early afternoon. Day 4 and the legs were feeling it. Alta is a cool place, maybe something like a bigger brighton, or smaller snowbird. You always sort of have the feeling its a little agro there, like make sure your pass works or you will be trampled upon. Big shout out to Toast and AJ for letting me tag along. Good people to hang out with. I cant keep up with them at Blue, let alone anywhere else, but they made it work even with my busted wheel. I told them they could ditch me at anytime when they wanted to go explore. I was just happy i could actually ski, and ski something different than the rinse and repeat stuff we have going on at home. We skied the whole time on real snow that God dropped on Utah in great quantities. The only sugar out here went in my coffee. I spent the wait time at the airport this morning setting up Dr’s appointments to hopefully get my knee drained, so hopefully its better for Jackson Hole were we are just gonna get pounded with snow. Oh, and i thought Nmski was the most flatulent Pasr. Toast wears that crown. Dude just farts all the time.
    18 points
  24. I have been looking into backcountry clinics for a while now. When I asked some friends if anyone wanted to do one with me one offered to show me the ropes. It turned into 6 of us going. 2 of the girls in our group have lots of backcountry knowledge and have taken avy courses. The girl in charge chose Jones Pass. The part of it we did has zero avy danger and there is a snowmobile company that guides tours there (more on that later). We arrived to cold temps and light snow. Gearing up in the lot We did a 2.5 mile skin up. Heard some avalanche bombs along the way. They were not coming from Berthoud Pass, which is close by. Would have to study a map to be sure. Don’t know if we would have heard them that clearly from Loveland or Abasin. Not sure if the elevation gain. We think somewhere around 1200 feet. Internet says 1600 but didn’t feel that steep. Don’t get me wrong, it kicked my ass. At about the 2 mile mark I was getting very worn out. My friend suggested I glide more instead of lifting my feet. That made all the difference and all of a sudden what I was doing felt much easier. The wind and snow were both picking up. When we got to our turn around point it was super windy. I tried to keep sweating to a minimum wearing only a very thin shirt under a wool base layer. But I was soaked. I decided I had to take off the shirt, holy shit that was a cold endeavor. Then put on a light puffy and a hard shell for the descent. Snow was kind of cruddy and wasn’t use to the boots. They were really digging into my shins. I couldn’t wait to get down and take them off so I said I would meet them at the bottom. The track we were on was not too wide. About the width of 2 snowmobiles. I came upon a large group of people and EMS workers. There was a body covered up and I knew by the somber scene he was dead. Not wanting to intrude I had to wait till they finished to go by which took about 20 minutes. There were 3 ems guys still there waiting for a transport I imagine. But they did not move him and he was lying long ways across the path. I had about 18” to ski around him. My friend asked someone at the bottom and they said he died of natural causes. He was with the snowmobile group. I am glad I went but it’s not quite what I expected. I would go again but am glad I didn’t spend $200 on a clinic. I made the mistake of not having enough calories or drinking enough and was cramping up by the time I got down. Brought some soup in a thermos and with that and another thermos full of tea started to feel better. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    18 points
  25. The WFH situation has afforded me the ability to do something I’ve wanted to do. Spend at least a month in Colorado. One week in Telluride (with a day trip to Silverton) with @NMSKI and @Johnny Law, 4 weeks in Crested Butte, and a week in Aspen. After that, who knows. Today started that adventure. I departed 6:10am to dumping snow on 78. It was slow going for 30 miles or so. Finally broke free of that and set the cruise and relaxed. I had about 860 miles to cover to St Louis, my planned overnight stop. I had forgotten how beautiful the views from the PA turnpike are. Ohio is pretty flat, Indiana is a narrow state, and Illinois is just flat farmland. About 14 hours later, I crossed the mighty Mississippi and arrived in St Louis. Long day of driving, but I was in no rush. Stopped at least every two hours. Tomorrow’s destination is Denver to visit some friends. Should be at least an hour less driving tomorrow, but nothing really to look at. Might encounter some snow on my drive, but only an inch or two. Only picture I took today was at a random rest stop in Illinois of the car. It’s filthy, but kickin’ ass.
    17 points
  26. Hey All, I’m back from another fun day at Abasin. I arrived at the mountain at 830 and there were only a handful of people. I was booted up with ticket by 845 and only two people in line at the black mountain express. I rode the second civilian chair with some guy who hadn’t skied there in 20 years. Then over to the lenawee lift in 2” of new snow...basically breaking trail.. Up Lenawee and did the run to the left of powerline first all the way to the base and it was all untracked on top of groomer. Did a few lower laps go really milk that perder which was less wind affected then the upper mountain then back to the top of Lenawee and I took the rope tow and skied a run in montezuma bowl which was dust on crust. That area gets the spring conditions first and so the underlying snow wasn’t the nice styrofoamy snow of the front face or what I skied in the Beavers area earlier. I was really skiing runs fast and slowed down the pace a tad with some exploration. Took a fast Humbug I believe to lower mountain still leftover perd to the new Pali chair which now has a safety bar. I skied into the beavers area from Pali the wind up there was fierce and took Davis and did some single black off chutes which had nice ungroomed snow below the fresh. I didn’t see a single person on that run. I normally like to stop at the mid mountain lodge for Bloody Mary, beer maybe a soft pretzel but didn’t do that today, it probably would have just been me and the bartender as it was so quiet at Abasin. Visibility was also better than I expected. I skied another front face run by then everything on the main runs was choppy but the new 2” transformed the primary conditions into more winterlike. Back in Silverthorne I went to a strip mall taco place first and the line was pretty long so went to noodles and company and had buttered noodles with a pork topping and Caesar salad then ate some gummies and had a little nap. I think I’m gonna buy another ticket at Abasin for tomorrow. Can’t resist the lack of crowds plus it could snow more overnight
    17 points
  27. Today was our last day at Wolf Creek on this trip. It snowed 11” yesterday and there was plenty of untracked to be found in the trees just a short traverse off the Alberta lift. Also the ridges were nice and smooth with wind blown powder on all the aprons. I’ve been having fun on the ridges which are an easy skate traverse from the treasure lift and jumping off of some small cornices. Mostly skied the fresh powder in the trees today and was finding shin to knee deep powder even until lunchtime. Skied with the fam after lunch and drove back to Albuquerque. So glad we experienced a low key area with great snow and terrain. No crowds anywhere all week either. pics from today
    17 points
  28. I woke up early this morning since it was snowing and had a big drive to Monarch and they were reporting 1 inch as of 5:30, but it dumped for a few hours and we had a nice 6” of fresh in the morning and major dumpage from late morning through the rest of the day. Lots of nice powder turns and the first pow day my kids have experienced. What a cool little mountain Monarch is. It’s not that big and has small vert but the vibe was amazing and there was some really fun terrain. Nice steep runs from the top of panorama along the continental divide and some nice trees as well. I hiked Mirkwood, which is the “side country” area there and between the fresh and wind deposited snow I was getting knee deep in spots. It was awesome to see my kids get the hang of skiing powder and everyone is pooped!
    17 points
  29. I ordered this book at the beginning of the pandemic not knowing the outlook of the season and I started studying. The goal is to check off all of the lines eventually. Huge props to [mention]mbike-ski [/mention] for joining and leaving his house at 3am to make an early push for the summit. Started today with Mount Graylock and skiing the Thunderbolt Race Trail that was built by the CCC in the 1930’s. This was a class A race trail and has a ton of history, there is so much ski history in the north east. This is a great video on the Thunderbolt if you have any interest. We met at the trail head ~730 and it was a warm 5 degrees, till we got skins on and booted up we could not feel our fingers. We took our time on the skin up and made the summit in about 3 hours, chilled at the summit for a bit then started our way down. The snow was great and the skiiing was supper fun natural soft bumps the whole way down. Ended the day with about 6.5 miles and 2600’ of vert. I’m ready for the next one! Done and claimed View from the trail head to the summit Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    17 points
  30. Today was beyond words, the excitement just going to the airport was all time and when our bird flew over I think my dick moved. The scenery is unrivaled and I spent both flights glued to the windows. It's hard to pick a favorite skiing experience, the stupid fun at blue, stupid deep days out west, great adventures in the woods but this maybe my favorite and I got wicked sick. I don't puke like ever and I puked 4 times in the parking lot when we got back. I don't think it was altitude, I was definitely huffing but that's pretty normal and it doesn't jack with your stomach. Maybe the sushi but I came back to the ski mansion and spent some time with the porcelain throne and still maybe my favorite day ever. That's how good it was, Silverton if you like that kind of thing is something everyone should do. The views alone are worth the trip and while I have extra motivation to get back having seriously disappointed myself it was one of those days I'll remember super fondly for the rest of my days. Super shout out to Cincy, I didn't get to say adieu formally but the heli pics and video are super cool.
    17 points
  31. Let me wet your appetite while I sort through the footage .... here is a view of what we skied first run (off the heli). Most of those tracks were from other heli drops after us throughout the day. They're very adamant about stacked turns down the fall line, keeping it tight to other tracks.
    17 points
  32. Woke up a beautiful morning in Denver after a great dinner and celebratory drinks with a college buddy who just had his first child and just landed a big new job. Went for a nice 8 mile run on the High Line Canal Trail. Hit the road around 9:15am enroute to Telluride. It was 50F when I left under sunny, albeit windy, skies. About an hour into the drive when I was on a plateau the crosswind was over 50mph, causing insane blowing snow that I was losing touch with the car that was pretty close in front of me. Luckily that only lasted for about 20 miles. I really enjoyed some of the sweeping passes on the way to Montrose 😀. Quick stop in Montrose for some food, and then hammered down to Telluride. Weather is beautiful here. Settled in, just waiting for @Barb to drop by in a few. Yes, @Barb. Don't want to be accused of leaving out @Barb. Also, @skiincy should be here in an hour or so.
    17 points
  33. Today was good good. These opportunities don't come often in PA, so I had to try and pull it off today in between teaching and meetings. Pulled into the upper lot around 10:45. Parked in the first spot at the entrance. Booted up, skins on, pack filled, and headed back out. They plowed it pretty wide so there wasn't much space next to the road. I decided to head into the woods which were fairly open. Took that all the way down, skinned back over to the opening to find the cut. Just over a half mile in, I was where I needed to be. I made a right and skinned to top of the pitch before the line started to descend. I got there and it was completely untracked. I knew it was going to be a good run, or untracked because it was all grown in. Skins off. The first pitch only offers a few turns, and is a bit more hairy than I remembered. I got a handful of good turns there before if mellowed out again. At the base of that pitch I could see everything below all the way to the power line cut that was my access back. It was open, untouched, and delightful. I was able to get a few dozen fantastic turns down that face to the bottom where the power line was. I got to the bottom and there was nobody there to high-five so I did clapped my poles together a bunch to let out some of my excitement. Took a second to shed some layers because the power line traverse back to the road was about 1 mile. Skins on, and off I went. Not a bad traverse. It took me about 20 minutes and the worst part was navigating over some creeks that I didn't know were there. Got to the road, skinned up to the Burma lift, and then skied down to the 6er and took that ride up to see how the snow was. 5 minute lift line. Skied back to my car. Now sitting in a meeting and plotting when I can do it again if it doesn't get baked in the sun tomorrow. Start to finished took about 90 minutes even with stopping and waiting and all that jazz. 4 miles round trip. It goes, ladies and gents. There is no better time than now to hit that up. Another fucking great day to be a skier in PA.
    17 points
  34. Today was something else. Enjoy the enthusiasm. There is a video of the second run down with a better angle and wider view, but I think this expresses the emotions better.
    17 points
  35. We had a great day at Elk today. Spent most of the day on the quad side and the whole family enjoyed it. There was fresh snow blown on the ungroomed trails, and the bumps were nice and soft. It even started snowing pretty hard for a bit and there was a decent couple of inches on top of the bumps on Chippewa. My son and I were the first tracks down and it was a blast! The kids enjoyed Tunkhannock also and I’m really happy that they are keeping up with me. My son on Chippewa pics of the fam Tunkhannock in the AM
    17 points
  36. Ready to roll! Picking up KT and then we’ll be on our way. @AtomicSkier will be meeting us there Sunday. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on our adventures!
    17 points
  37. After a late departure but early arrival on Saturday, we all got settled into a well-apportioned house in Cottonwood Heights and prepared to hit the slopes. The weather has been very dry out here the past couple of weeks, but the mountains still have a ton of snow from earlier in the season. The forecast originally had some snow overnight Saturday into Sunday, but then shifted to fall during the day Sunday. Being the weekend, we decided our best bet, with the promised snow, would be to hit Solitude Instead of anything in LCC. Arose to a dusting of snow at the house and it still snowing while loading the cars. Outta the house & 7:30 and already there was a conga line headed to LCC coming up against us. Into BCC we fought up to only a few cars, mainly going slow because of the falling snow. Parked in the Moonbeam base instead of up in the village which turned out perfect since we got baller front-row parking. Took the express quad out and cruised some 3-4” of wonderful perder down to the Eagle express. Took a lap in the Eagle just to get loose and then headed out in the Powderhorn. From that point on, the day was a blur. A number of laps on the Apex to the Summit. Off the Summit we made our way down through Headwall Forest that had very nice snow and well spaced trees. By lunchtime anywhere between 8-10” had fallen and continued to snow. Afternoon was spent lapping the Honeycomb Canyon area where you could traverse across and drop in at your heart’s content. Skied till about 2:30 which was plenty, as the legs were pretty wobbly by then. Having many cooks on the trip makes for delicious home-made dinners. On tap tonight was salad, tomato mozzarella salad appetizers, pasta w/ sausage and bread. It’s good we got some snow today because the rest of the week looks bluebird but cold. With the snow yesterday and bluebird today, we’re planning on hitting Snowbird tomorrow. Heading up BCC Prime parking Honeycomb Canyon Still snowing Mealtime Nice digs
    17 points
  38. Ok , spur of moment trip when buddy calls with tricked out sprinter van wanting to chase storm north. Leave late Friday afternoon and white knuckle winds/ northern rides to Mt Lincoln base to park and blend in. Night temps are low single digits and 14”+ has fallen [emoji41]. We bagged Lincoln in favor of Ellen figuring crowds be less. Opening bell run was powder powder powder turns. Lined up for upper mountain lifts opening 15 min before load time. We were 6th chair (north ridge express) and hit exterminator. [emoji41][emoji41][emoji41][emoji41]face shots all the way down. V-tah!!!!! No skiing pics cause powder day and go go go. Woods skied awesom. Rolled to 3 pm and collapsed . Tonight will be even colder. So here are some dirt bag skier van pics
    17 points
  39. Day 3 I woke to it snowing very heavy and after a 30 minutes search for my car key i was off to Wildcat ski area. With 100mph winds and 14 inches forecasted for Washington i knew i needed another option. Never been to wildcat before and it’s always been a back up plan for my tuxs trips. First few runs were good although i was absolutely clueless where the goods were at first but hey that’s the adventure of it. Conditions were great... wasn’t powder just sitting on ice like we normally get on the east. I’d say 8-10 inches in depth. Eventually after following my nose i found some hidden gems in the trees that were completely untracked. Sadly had to head home. Feels so wrong. I could spend a long long time wondering and exploring those mountains.
    17 points
  40. I'm in aspen now getting rad but yesterday I was in Jackson and it snowed a bunch. We saw a moose out of saratoga. Full disclosure the pic of my brother is the powder mag, scoot and shoot lol
    17 points
  41. Went for a night session with the family and it was fantastic. It was a comfortable 28° with the clouds moving out. I haven’t had no crowds in a while and we skied right on to the quad every time. The kid is crushing it and after a couple Paradises we moved to Lazy. Snow had a couple scrape spots but was still mostly loose fresh goods.
    16 points
  42. EPIC day at Hunter w/ @GSSucks and @Justo8484. @GSSucks caught up with me somewhere on 87 and arrived at Hunter ~6:50am. Geared up started our skin right as the sun was coming up. This was my first real skin adventure, as my Jacobsburg State Park adventure with @toast21602, @mbike-ski, and @Mixilplix was more to test the gear, and practice changing the skis from uphill to downhill, etc. It was low 20s when we started with a nice breeze which helped regulate body temps. The alpenglow was spot on as we headed up hill. It's a ~1.75 mile tour with 1600ft-ish of gain (I think) and it took us about 50ish minutes with a few stops to adjust venting, take pics, etc. Pretty efficient method to travel uphill. Gear test was pretty successful I thought. We were back down at the car a little after 8 to meet up with @Justo8484, change into dryer clothing, and head back out for a day shredding the gnar. First few runs were 10/10 awesome groomers but lines started to form and stuff got more scraped off. Skied until about 1:30pm with a beer stop somewhere in the middle. Well worth the drive to ski some nice conditions, fast runs, and get a little uphill practice in. TFTI @GSSucks.
    16 points
  43. Day 2: Lincoln Peak Woke up to -8F. Van was probably 15-20F. Fired up propane.waited for warm up before change to ski gear. Lincoln was the plan and butts in chair by 8:30ish. Bluebird skis and no wind. Snow was still awesome. Skied until noon now heading home. Skied really really good today. Not as good as yesterday but still grate!
    16 points
  44. Another beautiful day on tap in Jackson Hole. Sleeper pow day on tap...5" overnight and 2-3" between 6am and the 9am opening. Me, @mute1080, and @GrilledSteezeSandwich were first in line for the gondola. It was snowing pretty hard for the on time opening. Quick rip down to Thunder through 5" on top of groomed was a great way to start. After skiing untracked down to Sublette, we skied a wind buffed Ten Sleep bowl. The boys skied Cirque, and I hiked the headwall again. There were very few tracks up on the Headwall, maybe only even patrol in front of me. It was a relatively easy hike given the cooler temperatures and the new snow except for post holing the first 50ft and the last 50 ft. Mute getting some pow Mute getting some pow under the expert chutes Turned out to be a beautiful day....that's me in the distance. Here's GSS skiing the Cirque And here is me later in the day skiing some playful terrain in Moran.
    16 points
  45. Corbet’s ✔️ Took an early bus, met up with PASR round 3 crew for first tram. Dropped Corbet’s, down to the Cirque, and into Amphitheater. Now time for a few cruisers before taking the bus back to town for an afternoon flight. JA-fucking-DIP
    16 points
  46. Today was fucking insane. Forecast yesterday was 4-8". 9" at 6am. 15" by 9am. The picture of Doug is on a fucking groomer! Every turn I made on Grand was over the head. So many face shots all over the mountain today. The picture(s) of me are in the Cirque. I almost disappeared in the one pic. Probably another 12"+ after the lifts close today.
    16 points
  47. Oh, hello everybody. Toast here. We are back from a day of skiing Snowbird, here in Utah. We left at 8:05 and parked around 8:35. The ride up was uneventful, but it was fairly cloudy with a fog layer in the SLC valley. Dan had coffee on the ride. Jeff drank water. When we got there, we got our lift tickets and got out on the snow. First ride up was up Peruvian because Jeff can't take a tram for some reason. Started out cloudy at the bottom with low visibility, but as we rose it got super heavy and dank. Could barely see. We skied down Chip's Run to Rothman Way to get over to the Gadzoom lift since that is a little lower and had better visibility. By that time, we could start to see the sun break up the clouds. Ended up taking a few runs over here like Bassackwards and Black Forrest while popping in the trees in and around there. After spending time there, we took a few runs off of Gad 2, and then worked our way over to Little Cloud to get our Johnson's Regulated. That groomer was fun to rip right down and the moguls on the side had a nice coating on them to rip through. Yolo. Soon after, we headed back to Mineral Basin before the sun baked it by heading to my favorite conveyor belt ski lift. We ended up taking a few runs in there. One down Blue by You above a cliff band and another down the 49er Gully (I think) and somehow I ended up in one of the Chamonix Chutes which was a little boney by the snow was good. Jeff and Dan ended their day shorty after and I met them at the top of the tram for a nice frosty beverage after taking another run back down Chip's, to Chip's Face, and then something else back to the tram and up. Overall, it was a pretty damn good day. I'm surprised how good the snow stayed in the trees and even the groomed trails. Good day wit dem boyz.
    16 points
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