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  1. 18 points
    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
  2. 17 points
    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
  3. 16 points
    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.
  4. 15 points
    Just wrapped up the day. Today was a good day. Very good day. Some incredible skiing with limitless groomers. Posted up at the St. Regis now getting our beverage on. We’ll post deets later when we get back.
  5. 15 points
    What a wild ride the past 15 years have been. So much change. What I'm most proud of is the past few years. The Blue Crew has become a family. There aren't many days in Blue's season that at least one PASR member isn't there. Some days, regardless of what time you arrive, you can always find someone to ski with. PASR has no ads and generates no revenue and I think most can agree a price can't be put on fun we've had. Having said that, while today marks 15 years to the date, a celebration is in order. A coworker/good friend of mine who a lot of you have met is quite the homebrewer. What goes better in a cask than hazy juicy dank AF beer? So, he brewed a mango milkshake IPA to be served straight from a cask. At Blue. Where the hell do we go from here? See you for another Sausage Sunday.
  6. 13 points
    Not sure what we were thinking with the pizza. I'm a good eater and i managed to only put down 3 slices of mine. Not sure if Antman has some type of mental telepathy healing powers but my knee felt pretty damn good yesterday, and after skiing for a good portion of the day, i could almost walk like a normal human being. Way better range of motion to where i can actually sit on the lift without making funny faces in pain. First day i was a little worried this wasnt going to pan out. I still probably need to stick to mostly groomed stuff, but i might be able to dabble a little off trail today to see how things shake out. I am thankful for at least two things, Naproxen and a hot tub. We are heading to possibly my favorite place, Brighton. I love that place. Super cool chill vibe to the place. Weather looks like another bluebird day. Great trip so far, minus the knee thing, good friend, good times. .
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    Left NJ at 0-dark thirty with son #2 and made it up to sugarbush in 5.25 hr (Lincoln). 15F at base, couple degrees colder up top. Started on some groomers because son’s #2 first day back on skis since breaking leg on gully #1 at big sky last year. After lapping a few and since castle rock is still closed headed to area under direct sun (north lynx triple). Limited terrain but sunrise or sun dimple or whatever the fuk you call the bump run off of the lynx chair was $. Firm but still not crazy technical. Lapped that and whatever bump run it’s called under lynx triple down to bottom on perder whales with many snow guns going (15F) under lift that gets you to lynx chair (I should be a SB mountain guide). (Self) limited terrain but crazy fun day. Been skiing blue since November so nice change of pace. I knocked it off at 3 but #2 skied until last chair while I drank Lawson’s sunshine at bar. Then Mad Taco dinner; a perfect ending. Was planning on MRG tomorrow but reports been sketch so may lay out $ and ski Mt Ellen tomorrow. (Today was warren miller free vouchers.) TBD.
  9. 13 points
    Today I skied with Johnny Moseley, dude isn't as fast atomic on groomers but dude skied bumps on one leg wicked fast that I could barely ski on two. Plus he threw a huge 360 off a snow covered electrical box into the wine bar party which is the most legit move I've ever seen in skiing. Excuse my face it was super warm and I had to look directly into the sun to get the chair lift selfie.
  10. 12 points
    @JFskiDan, @AtomicSkier, and I are all enroot to SLC right now. Should be a great trip away from the beast coast and skiing on some real snow. Likely will be returning with goggle tans and hangovers. Sitting in Denver airport now, at a bar that couldn’t be more fitting for a PASR trip : Root Down. Stay tuned for updates.
  11. 12 points
  12. 12 points
    It’s official! Thanks @RootDKJ for clicking the 10,000th like for me! You all know I only post for the likes, so this is just a strong confirmation that years of trolling practice has been successful. Thanks for all of the support over the years and making the extra effort to click that bottom right corner in a positive way. You’re all a wonderful group of jerks, even Salty (but except eaf). Glad to know you all, but disappointed in myself for wasting countless hours on this stupid site. Here’s to 10,000 more!!! 🍻 Celebratory beers tomorrow in the lot at Blue!
  13. 12 points
    Today marked the earliest day I’ve been on snow by 4 days. As usual, my wife and I got a later jump on the day than we had hoped, but we were still able to get on snow, and that’s all that really matters. We rolled into the Killington parking lot about 12:15 to t2b snow guns running on Superstar despite 36 degree temperatures. Seeing SallyCat’s post, I was afraid it would be busy, but the crowds had mostly dispersed. We snagged our lift tickets for $59 ($6 cheaper than last year), and hit the gondola. Please keep in mind that Killington has switched to RFID, so that price doesn’t include the $5 rechargeable lift card. The temperature at the top was 29 degrees, and the snow guns were still running full tilt. They have finally moved some guns to Great Northern off of the gondola to start connecting to the NRT so you don’t have to hike down. If they get another 24 hour window this week, that should be skiable, but they only had a dusting down while we were there. The hike down was shorter than I remembered. It’s a little more work, but truth be told, it’s worth it to be riding on October 22nd. As is expected this time of year, all open terrain had snowmaking in progress. Our first run was down Rime. This was the only open section where the guns were relatively dialed in. I stayed mostly to skiers right, but no snow stuck to my goggles and the snow on the ground was fairly dry. However, below Great Northern was a different story. The snow continually coated the goggles and the snow was very wet. A decent bump line formed outside the snow gun radius and provided for some fun turns however. Next we decided to hit Reason to East Fall. While Rime only had every other snow gun running, Reason and East Fall had them all going. The difference in snow quality was obvious immediately. Every gun on those trails was running wet and made it difficult to see and turn. Reason only had 2-3 features at the bottom near Great Northern. I would imagine that they will add a couple more for the weekend as they are able. We ended up doing 9 runs, most of them on Rime. Overall, it was great to be back on snow. They had decent base depths and should be able to weather any small warmup. I would expect traffic on the stairway to be one way by the weekend. It wasn’t the best early season day I have had at Killington, but when you put into perspective that it is October 22nd, you realize that it’s all pretty good. The hike back up the stairway was very manageable and definitely worth the product they were putting out. It was a good start to what hopefully ends up being a great season. FYI: Snowdon Six Pack and it’s associated trail work and tunnel work seems to be significantly behind schedule. Since that is the early season route to the bottom, it may need to be altered. They can’t make snow there right now, so I wonder how that will effect their next moves.
  14. 12 points
  15. 12 points
    Greetings from Little Cottonwood Canyon! Day 1 - travel day. The nor'easter really complicated our flight out to Utah. We flew out of BWI, but the plane was 2 hrs late getting there bc of weather. Then, we sat on the plane for 3 hrs at the gate bc there was a leaky valve preventing the engines from starting. Grounds crew got that resolved and we were on our way. Arrived in SLC just before the storm really ramped up, but the canyon road conditions were deteriorating fast. We made it to Goldminers Daughter just before last call. Day 2 - Alta Storm riding, cold, windy, very low visibility. We woke up to sirens and mortar blasting at 6:30 local time....not a lot of sleep from the previous day's travel. It was snowing sideways and we had interlodge until 9-ish. That gave us plenty of time to have a kick-ass breakfast. We got our passes and hit up wildcat lift bc Collins was mobbed. Snow was epic, but you couldn't see much at all. Not many pics or video. We skied in the Collins, sugarloaf, wildcat, and high-t areas yesterday. Best snow was in wildcat, hands down. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. 12 points
  17. 12 points
    Big Sky - Day 3 The morning started out pretty much the same as the others, get up, eat, write TR, etc., go ski. Today was the day after the storm bluebird day, unfortunately it was a bit windy, more on that later. Since it was bluebird, we could get up to Lone Peak with good visibility, unlike all the previous days, so that was the goal. Took the Otter up and then down to the base to see a pretty large crowd had already formed at the Swift. Looks like everyone has the same idea as to where to go. Headed up the Swift and down to the Powder-Seeker. Up the PS and down to the Tram to a small corral of people, not too bad. Took a bunch of pics and watched a skier come down the Big Couloir, followed shortly after by a boarder. Midway down the couloir the boarder fell and tumbled a couple of times. To the crowd's amazement, he miraculously popped back upright and continued the run down to the line. He was wearing brown pants for good reason, we thought! Up the Tram to the top where the winds were howling. From the top, the decision was made to head down the South Face, as they had been here before and found a nice powder field there after a storm. Well, that decision quickly came back to haunt us, as the storm's winds were out of the West and had blown Liberty bowl almost completely bare of powder. Oh to be a local! We picked our way down Liberty and down to Dakota and lapped the trees a couple of times. Riding up Dakota I was drawn to Kircher's Cliffs, looker's left. There were some avy explosion marks in the snow and a few tracks. I wanted to check it out but the others wanted to do another tree run. My curiosity got the better of me and I told them I was headed to the cliffs, but none followed. Headed down past the blue Badlands and the an avy gate and made my way out a traverse to the base of the cliffs and a wide-open Hanging Valley perder field all to myself. Skies down that and found the way back to Dakota and the others. Of course, they now wanted to check it out! Having done it once already, this time I pushed even further South, going around a cliff and further South some more to the avy pockmark to score some more Fresh tracks. We grew tired of South Face and made our way back around to have some lunch. Since the snow was better on the North side, we headed over to Andesite and lapped the bumps on Mad Wolf a few times. Departed Andesite by way of Spotted Elk which still had some freshies and made our way back over to Challenger as its close to the house. We lapped Challenger liftline bumps and the trees around there until we had had enough and made our way back to the house for some homemade guac and beers. One of the local bars supposedly had poker and a ping-ping table, so we made our way there after dinner only to be skunked on both fronts. Poker night was Thursday and the ping-pong table was no more. Yellowstone Club
  18. 12 points
    Today was pretty crazy. They were reporting 5” when I checked at 6am, but it was nuking all morning and that total ended up at 13” when I checked at lunchtime. The place was totally empty too. I didn’t cross a single track until about 11 am. I got first tracks down Bob’s again thanks to my sneaky route around the lift shack and it was knee to thigh deep and got a couple face shots. I repeated the limited terrain, but the limited terrain wasn’t even an issue because of the free refills. I hiked 4 times to west blitz and it was so good I wanted to do it all day but the legs eventually were saying hold up. A picture is worth a thousand words I guess. Every single track in these pics is mine! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  19. 11 points
    Break time before heading down. Top of the tram. Wasatch Snowbird IPA.
  20. 11 points
    On our way to the land of enchanted groomers.
  21. 11 points
    So my cousin asked me earlier this week if I wanted to go to Hunter with him this weekend... ahhh h*ll yea I do and what a day he picked to go. No wind, 40 degrees and sunny, an amazing day weather wise. We got on the snow a little late at around 945 but no worries as we were in no rush and planned to spend the who day up there. Lift lines from 945 till about 1145ish were somewhat significant, maybe 6-8 minutes for a few runs but overall not too bad. After 12 for the rest of the day lift lines were less than 2 minutes off of the Kaatskill Flyyaaaaaa Since my last visit here they opened a couple new trails, one being a blue from the summit to mid mountain which turned out to be the run of the day. We found some really fun glades at the top of the mountain and we also quickly found out that a lot of 420/chilling out takes place in these glades. Some by us and some by others, but never the less some good camaraderie was had. We spent a good amount of time riding in there thru out the day. While not very difficult glades it was good for me to get some warm up in there and good for my cousin to get experience in the trees. Hes a pretty decent rider and I never have to worry about him keeping up. He just doesn't have a lot of experience outside of Bear Creek and Blue so it was fun seeing him ride a more challenging mountain and he had a blast in the trees. Spring like conditions pretty much all day until it got overcast around 2 and hardened the snow up a decent bit. Unfortunately no real park is set up, however they did add a couple small features. I noticed that they had about a dozen rails/boxes in one "holding" location so im suspecting they will do an actual park build this week...just a guess. All in all an absolute great day on the mountain! Its nice to finally have somebody that im close with that wants to ride as much as I do and is willing to drive, wake up early and just go along with where the day takes us. A+++ day.
  22. 11 points
    Several resorts opened early today; Breck, Keystone and Eldora. I was tempted to go to Eldora but opening day with one run open decided against it. Loveland has 3 t2b runs open and they have had several feet of new snow this week. Left Boulder at 7am not figuring the traffic would be bad on I-70 with Breck opening today. There was zero traffic. Since I was about 40 min until the first chair started spinning I decided to boot up in the lodge. Omg how luxurious it felt! My new boots felt incredibly light weight and went right on my feet like butter. Did all my runs on Mambo (which is a green) just to get my legs back. After 3 runs my toes started going numb. Figured it was due to the cold. After 5 runs I absolutely could not feel them and had to go inside. Since my boots are new I am thinking I cranked them down too hard since it was in the mid 20’s with sunshine. When the blood started getting back into them they hurt incredibly bad for about 5-10 min. If I didn’t come inside I would have done a few more runs but once I had my boots off I really didn’t feel like putting them back on again. The snow was pretty nice, especially for early season. I never waited more than 5 minutes for a chair. Overall a great first day for me! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. 11 points
    Got about an inch fresh today, so AM conditions were a bit better today, but PM was better yesterday. Girls made it up to the 12k peak for one run, but altitude quickly caused one a headache, so it was a one time excursion. Did snap some pix up top though. That was part of a 3 hour complimentary mountain tour by a wonderful guide who took us all over the different regions of the area, helped them lear to use a rope tow, waited when they were slow or needed equipment adjustments, and even refused the tip I tried to give him. One of our glade runs is also pictured below, through Tweedledum glades. Not a single spill for either of them, as they handled moguls, glades and runs up to the "blue/black" level. Awesome 2 days for my amazing 10 year old ski bunnies. When I graduated college there is no way I could have pulled off what they did today. Overall our favorite area was Vasquez Ridge where we did 8 of our 23 runs over two days. Thanks so much to Barb for the vouchers!
  24. 11 points
    Still here and imho it's wicked fun; genuine packed powder so it's turned into a great evening to be a Groomer Zoomer with a SWEET pair of RTMs.
  25. 11 points
    Left at 6 for bell with #2. Have a bogo voucher. New they had no power as of 5:30 AM but hey, gotta try. Thruway was a packed conga line of every skier on the ice coast heading north at 80 mph. Got to bell before opening and was told nope. Maybe noon. So I pooped in the dark and proceeded to platty which have not been in at least 7 years. Let me tell you if you have never been. Platty is the mother fuckin tits McGee!!!!!!! Idk what they got 20, 25?or 30. Already tracked out when we got there ( lots full, had to walk maybe 1/3 mile from road parking spot). But endless endless pow bumps of medium density snow. All day long. Top half of the triple Lift line was bumps. I’m not talking under the lift. I’m talking waiting on line to load the lift. I’m in heaven and of course I gotta keep up with a 20 yo. Some folks going in woods. I made some side excursions running the outside bmp lines but nothing serious. All day long soundless powder bumps! Not the conditions our intrepid PASRs got yesterday but a best of the year date for me. Legs are cooked . Drinking a bomber sized bottle of polish beer waiting for #2 to get kicked off the mountain. Platty I love u A good sign on drive up
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