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Skiing Mount Timpanogos on August 9th

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I hiked to the Timpanogos Glacier two days ago with someone I met on TGR. It involved about 17 kilometers of hiking and took a little under 9 hours between the hiking, skiing, and a few short breaks. Well worth it. We first hiked the Timpanogos Glacier above Emerald Lake near the summit. It was split into a few patches separated by rocks. The top of the highest part was covered in sand which made it very difficult to ski. Below the upper half of the highest patch was a lot nicer. Plenty of snow left, I expect it to last until the next snowfall. The lake at the bottom of the glacier is really cool too. People go up there and camp, I want to do that sometime.





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A few kilometers down from Emerald Lake was another big patch of snow. We skied that patch as well and some hikers filmed and photographed us.







The lower part of the hike was awesome too. In some places it seemed like a rain forest.



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That's an interesting snowpack, different from most of the ski patches we see posted here.  The run seemed quite long in the video but the snowpack was always thin, with rocks visible on it or through it.  I would be surprised if much of it is still there at the end of September.

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The top of the highest part was covered in sand which made it very difficult to ski.

While not award winning, I have to think NSS. See Urban Dictionary if you don't know what it means.

 

More of the glacier is under the rocks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timpanogos_Glacier which says it is the last glacier in UT.

 

But way to get some. My season did not extend into May for the first time in five years.

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Surprisingly I only got a few minor scratches.
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Great post, Sh4d0w.  I first skied that snowfield on the last day of September of 1997.  We hiked up there in a raging rainstorm and nearly froze to death.  

 

There was about an inch of new snow on the surface of the snowfield, so it qualified as "powder" skiing.  

 

It was actually one of the worst experiences of my time doing the monthly-skiing thing, but makes for great memories.

 

Way to get after it!

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Great post, Sh4d0w.  I first skied that snowfield on the last day of September of 1997.  We hiked up there in a raging rainstorm and nearly froze to death.  

There was about an inch of new snow on the surface of the snowfield, so it qualified as "powder" skiing.  

It was actually one of the worst experiences of my time doing the monthly-skiing thing, but makes for great memories.

Way to get after it!

That sounds awesome! Those difficult, painful days always end up being some of the best (be it with skiing or anything else).
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