After torrential rain to 11,000′, then a deep freeze, then three weeks of little to no snow and high winds, you’d think the Wasatch BC would be toast, but it has been surprisingly good. The south faces are corning up and the ice crust is breaking down. The ridgelines are still skating rinks, but there’s some excellent recrystalized powder in mid elevation, sheltered slopes. The wild card is that you can go from creamy snow to glaze ice in one turn with almost no warning, but aside from that, the BC is fun and stable. That said… MORE SNOW PLEASE!
As a side-note to the photo above, our last run of the day started on a steep, icy ridgeline above a small rock cliff. I was in a hurry to get going so I didn’t double check my bindings or lock out the toes, and within 10′ both of my skis came off! It came out of nowhere and I was able to do an immediate double Whippet self arrest within a few feet. I’m a true believer in the Dynafit system, but in conditions like this (bullet-proof chattery ice), it is a good idea to lock your toes out. My theory on this is that unlike other bindings which have very elastic return-to-center characteristics, Dynafits are more binary – they are on, or off.
Category: current conditions