On Monday, July 7, while he was hiking in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Steve sent me a photo from his cell phone of Gunsight at Alta with a ton of snow, still. On Wednesday, I asked if he would be up for skiing it that weekend. He replied that he and Jordan had already planned to ski the chute on Sunday, and that I could join them. And so the plan was born.
2008 Skiing Archive
Despite a week of temperatures in the 90s, and despite the passing of the summer solstice, Snowbird decided to open for one last weekend of skiing.
Today will probably be the last day of the ski season for me because of a planned trip to the Tetons next weekend. There is a chance that Snowbird will stay open later than June 15th, but they likely won't make an announcement until after next weekend.
Excellent spring skiing conditions. Nearly perfect weather.
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Not typical spring skiing: overcast, cold, sort of icy snow conditions. But also not bad.
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Snowbird received about 2 feet of snow during the week. Although the powder had mostly degraded to hardened chunks of spring slop off piste, the groomers were in awesome shape and there were pockets of excellent (albeit thick) powder in some places. The upper mountain's groomers actually had mid-winter snow conditions.
I went three weeks without skiing on account of moving and bad weekend weather, so today I was excited to get outside and do some spring skiing.
A solid ski day at Snowbird with Steve, Chris and Andy. Skied a lot of different areas of the mountain today--Mineral Basin in the morning, Little Cloud Bowl and the Upper Cirque in the mid-morning, Primrose Gully chutes later, and North Baldy in the afternoon.
Today, I took the day off from work to go skiing. I hoped it would be a good storm skiing day, but it really wasn't that great. The conditions were OK, but the lack of visibility was a problem. I only skied three runs because I couldn't stand the pain caused by my ski boots. And the pain isn't only in my feet. Whatever fit issues I have cause my legs to hurt, too, I think.
I don't really understand it, and it's very frustrating, but the polarization between my good ski days and my bad ski days is ridiculous. I went skiing today with Mindy, which would have been perfectly fine, except we ran into Sam and Brian at the Sunnyside lift. So, I took a run with Mindy and then tried to meet up with Sam and Brian on the next run. They were long gone, apparently, by the time I got to Sugarloaf, so I didn't meet up with them. I decided to take a couple of runs anyway before meeting back up with Mindy.
3 or 4 inch layer of fresh snow (with more falling). Just a hard charging ski day. Also explored new terrain. Three runs in North Baldy were awesome. I skied very aggressively today, which is to say that I skied very well despite the fairly difficult conditions (crusty, hard, terrible snow right underneath the new snow).
Fresh tracks in Pipeline Bowl.
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Mark Deaver came to Salt Lake City this week to visit. He and I went skiing today at Snowbird. The conditions were excellent, the weather was nearly perfect, Snowbird was hosting the US Freeskiing Nationals on Silver Fox, and we even ran into Steve Wiechmann in the middle of the morning. We skied all over the mountain today--including Mount Baldy's Main Chute.
It was overcast and rainy in the valley, so I was skeptical that it would be worth skiing today. About halfway up the canyon, however, the rain turned to snow, so we were good to go.
I had my ski boots' shells stretched again this week. I was nervous because I suspected that this latest fix still hadn't solved the fit problems I have been experiencing this season.
Worse boot problems since 2006. Terrible snow and weather conditions. Crowded groomer day. Terrible ski day devoid of fun.
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Today was a prototypical tram day. Unofortunately, however, Steve's pass was a chairs-only pass, so instead of doing tram laps, we had to ski all the way down to GadZoom and ride two lifts to ski the Cirque. It was a pain in the ass and certainly not something I wanted to have to do to ski the goods on this ridiculously awesome bluebird powder day.
I met up with Dave and Steve at the 6200 South park and ride. It was a sunny and relatively mild day. We rode the GadZoom lift up, but decided against a warm-up run because the snow conditions in Little Cloud Bowl looked awesome.
Went skiing with Mindy, her mom, and her 3-year-old half-brother, Max. (more coming soon)
A typical high intensity ski day with Snowbird Steve. I had a good time, but I didn't ski well. I skied some new terrain this day, including Wilma Chute and some terrain in the Gad 2 area.
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