In the comments from my last post I was called out as “an elitist blowhard,” so I’ll try to live up to that reputation by now kvetching about the Wasatch snowpack. It is okay… but we really need more snow, especially as this is going on the fourth sub par year in a row. We’ve been robbed.
Today was great fun, and unusual as it was completely opposite of what I usually do, which is start with a mellow run, then work my way up into steeper terrain as the day and my confidence wears on. Instead, we started out on an open 40ish degree bowl and each run got progressively lower angle and more sheltered as that was where the best skiing was. With only 2-5 inches of new, if you ski anything steep, you immediately slice down to a firm crust, but on low angle slopes you can just cruise right along. We are supposed to get more snow tomorrow, which should be exciting with a nice bed surface buried right below it.
Right off the bat, we ran into this guy – Bob Athey.
I’ve known Bob for roughly 117 years, but really grew to respect his snow prowess when I was working for the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center and Bob would send in his observations, which were known as “Bob Obs.” Work started at 4:00am, and if you came in and saw a Bob Ob in the inbox or fax pile, your day was pretty much done. He never wasted time with the obvious observations and always had some interesting little tidbit that nobody else had thought of. He is one of the most opinionated mofos on the planet, so as an elitist blowhard myself, we have a lot in common.
The light was pretty flat for most of the day, which meant looking for trees, other tracks or squinting. I recently wrote an article on skiing in flat light for Backcountry.com, which can be found here.
Category: current conditions