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Great pictures, @rx2ski !!!! Thanks for posting. You did a fabulous job capturing as many Bears as you could at the beach.:beercheer: 

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Not necessary. There's more rocks at Killington in spring.

However, those who go looking for rocks often find them. But, he didn't hit the edge, so it's repairable.

 

This is truth. Looking at the East I am pretty sure nothing inbounds comparable to West Turbo is open in May- if something comparable to West Turbo exists at all- it is a pretty rowdy line that has a bit of a Taos feel to it.

 

 

I am really, really bummed that I couldn't make this one. I'd been looking forward to it for the better part of a year. :(

 

I'm bummed you couldn't make it, too!

 

Speaking of West Turbo and rock seeking missiles ...

 

After some drama on the home front this morning, I made it to A Basin at 11am. Got a parking spot just a few rows into the upper lot. My plan was to ski some groomers while cogitating on some stuff that needed cogitating. Two groomer runs in, I went for a pee break and found some of my Breck buddies. G asked me to join him; I said, well, I've been skiing groomers; that's kind of my wavelength today. He said he'd been skiing groomers, also. We head out with a few other people. I, as usual, was the weakest skier (this seems to be my mode - I like skiing with people who challenge me). Not that this should matter, because we're skiing groomers.

 

Run #1: Apparently called "Hidden Trees." Steep, fairly tight, plenty of exposed rock and root. I get to the bottom, and G says, "You passed the test!" I wonder what would he would have done if I hadn't passed ... 

 

Run #2: G suggests West Turbo.

G: "Don't worry, you can do it no problem. You skied First Notch!"

S: "I thought there was a cliff ..."  

Me: "G, is there a cliff there?"

G: "No, no cliff."

S: "Hmm, maybe G knows a different entrance."

 

We traverse in, with two of us hanging back. The people at the front of the pack are all stuck in what I gather is the main entrance, clearly not thrilled with what is before them, which involves lots of rocks and then, as near as I can tell, a route that would be rated 5.something if one were climbing up it. They suggest going a few more feet to the lower entrance.  A and I dutifully traverse across. The lower entrance has about 10 feet of exposed roots, then who knows, because it's a blind turn in a rock channel. A and I look at each other. We look around. We discuss how much we enjoy skiing down ski-width channels that have as much root as snow. Ultimately, we choose to side step up 10 or 20 feet to a nice little traverse and ski down a few lovely treed turns to the bottom of the rock formation. This is the first time I've ever side stepped up just to avoid skiing something.

 

When we meet back up, I yell, "G, what on God's Green F***ING EARTH made you think I was ready for that?" To be honest, I wasn't super mad or freaked out, but I did have the idea that I'd best keep him from doing something similar in the future - something where maybe an exit wouldn't be as easy to find. The rest of the group informs me that they meant to have a chat with me about skiing with G ... apparently he's known for taking people into stuff that's over their heads. Not out of malice, but possibly out of an overgrown sense of confidence in his friends' abilities? G insists that the snow was great, and I'm a great skier, and I would have been fine.

 

From below, I could see that the chute thingie was tight, but had lovely snow. It sure looked one ski width wide, and steep, with rock wall on either side. Perhaps if I'd been able to look at it from below first, I might have skied it. Perhaps. S claimed you could turn in it. But from where I was and the entrance I saw - no, thanks.

 

*****

 

After that, I had my best run yet in an Alley - Third Alley, specifically. Super fun.

 

The snow in the trees today was great. Soft and easy to turn in. You just had to watch for thin spots with exposed rock and root. And be aware of your ski compadre's foibles.

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^^ lol, yeah the first time I skied into that, I thought I had done something really dumb. Obviously snow conditions play a big role here. I haven't been into the upper part all season. 

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^^ lol, yeah the first time I skied into that, I thought I had done something really dumb. Obviously snow conditions play a big role here. I haven't been into the upper part all season. 

 

So ... were you alone, and did you just trust that there was something to ski beyond that choke point?

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So ... were you alone, and did you just trust that there was something to ski beyond that choke point?

I was alone, and if there wasn't something to ski, there is always the climb-back-up option. It's part of exploring, welcome to the game!

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Great pictures, @rx2ski !!!! Thanks for posting. You did a fabulous job capturing as many Bears as you could at the beach.:beercheer: 

 

Wish I had brought the camera out Friday since some Bears left early.....next year! Plus action shots....

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So, not to get all hung up on the ballet gif, but after some inspiration from @Kimmyt I just thought I'd mention that there's this site called gifsound.com:

 

https://gifsound.com/?gif=magnetbox.org/misc/ballet.gif&v=ZnHmskwqCCQ

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I'm finding some hidden gems in some of the photos I took on Monday (yes, exciting teleconference I'm on).

 

 

And then I zoomed in on a couple of the peaks and saw these little ants on the peaks.....Dang, I want the view from there!

 

 

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And then I zoomed in on a couple of the peaks and saw these little ants on the peaks.....Dang, I want the view from there!

 

 

It looks like 

 

 

 

and sometimes

 

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Or this (from my hike up with Mary on Saturday):

 

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^^I have one from there from last year, mid-April; interesting to compare the snow.

 

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Time to get back on the spin bike!

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I'm skiing tomorrow.  Let me know if anyone wants to link up for a hike!

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Excuse me sir, but shouldn't you be taking it easy?

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Excuse me sir, but shouldn't you be taking it easy?

No way, that is the danger zone for him.

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Does he have skis that aren't broken?

He really should get a testing gig for park skis.
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Does he have skis that aren't broken?

He really should get a testing gig for park skis.


I actually have two mounted pairs left.  I also just got picked up by Rocky Mountain Underground so hopefully they will give me plenty of stuff to destroy.  Let me know if you need anything.

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I'm skiing tomorrow.  Let me know if anyone wants to link up for a hike!

 

 

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Excuse me sir, but shouldn't you be taking it easy?

No way, that is the danger zone for him.

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Thanks to Trekchick and Philpug for putting together a great gathering & season ending...which seems a little premature judging by all the snow in Utah and the high number on Mother's Day, but hope to repeat next season!

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Hey Phil I think I found that leaked video of you heading to the Basin on that big pow day
 
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