After our recent cycle of over 2 feet Greg Merz, another friend and I did a day at Powdercats Steamboat Powdercats does a fantastic job with experienced guides that make the experience fun and entertaining. Many of the guides are former ski instructors. This is a great outfitter for the novice through expert wanting a day of fresh powder. This time, we did the Level 1 cat which is a great opportunity for anyone who is new to powder or wants to get a day in on nice open terrain with the ability to do a little open tree skiing to build confidence and skills.
Early in the day we had some truly challenging snow due to high winds the night before. We dropped in on a beautiful open face and much to my surprise I was in breakable crust! What? Is the PNW? . Once you got below the wind line, the snow changed into a more dense but very skiable powder. This was a great opportunity to learn how to ski this kind of snow since we rarely experience this here. Tip: don't let your tips get below the crust.... A porpoise technique works very well. I was skiing my Praxis Protests which were fantastic for this snow.
Here are some pictures from the day. Greg had some great shots! Gregs in the blue helmet, I'm in the orange helmet and orange pants
NO, I'm not falling!
Edited by Finndog - 1/7/14 at 6:09am