2011/12 First Day

| October 8, 2011

I thought the skiing was pretty good for October 8th, but my skis disagree and still aren’t on speaking terms.

LCC was looking all moody and medieval. No sign of Terrible Ted's red snake and the roads were no problem.

I had low expectations for the actual skiing and wasn’t disappointed.  The base is about 12-18″ and the best bet would probably be a mellow cut run at the resorts before they close for the season (or open, depending on your POV).

Looks can be deceiving - this slope is actually completely unskiable, as I soon found out.

I’m going to have to buy my beloved Chugs (Chugoris) a bouquet of P-Tex and a trip through a base grinder.  I’m sorry, I’m sorry… I’m sorry.

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. Bob says:

    I understand, I’ve had to apologize to my skis for October skiing. They cried.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Mine are on life support…could be terminal. Between October 7th & summer skiing, they’re in pain. Better them than me!

  3. catalin says:

    They must start to make skis with titan base, so we can ski on rocks . I had the same problem in December last year.

  4. Matt Kinney says:

    yuck. That looks like definite show stopper.

    Fortunately we have glaciers to ski which are more forgiving on bases for early season sessions. 100cm of fresh @ 5000′ helped yesterday in the upper cirques. I was skiing the same glacier last week and there was only 8″ over ice, but it skied well for 2000′ laps.

  5. ptor says:

    It’s always worth it.

  6. keither says:

    I came through fairly scar free. Did Point Supreme and variousnesses between. Sunday sucked. :-)

    Slap a little Nutella® on those and they’ll be good as new.

  7. Mike T says:

    Classic…. I had similar results!
    In coastal British Columbia…
    What PTOR said.

  8. Chuck says:

    My friend Aaron from Valdez happened to be in SLC for that snowfall. Naturally we went skiing. Dawn patrol style.

  9. Adam says:

    They are skis, they’ll get over it!

  10. Mike Garrett says:

    Still OK here in Oz. Most of us dusting off our surfboards tho.


  11. Darrell says:

    Hmmm… I locked my self in my room to avoid this very predicament and then went to Oregon over the weekend. Long drive but had 2000 vert of smooth corn snow on the Zig Zag glacier, all thanks to the Great State of Utah’s seasonal adventure travel grant.

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