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Hiking the Bowl #6 (5/19)

post #1 of 26
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It may have been my last hurrah at the Bowl snow wise. I'd be much surprised if there's any left when I return from my upcoming trip to California next week. However, since I have not had enough yet, I hiked the Bowl yet again toting my freshly waxed V2 Chubbs. However, before I reached the parking area, I spied a sight that made me a bit less than enthusiastic about the prospects up top. This is from "Bartender's" curve on Snowbowl road, and keeping mind I didn't see the zoomed in cropped image I post here.



Again I took the trail, Second Thought from the bottom, and took a pic to compare to last Friday's from the top of Huckleberry.

Last week:



This week:



Undeterred, I hiked on, hoping for the best, and not stopping until I came upon a series of small falls where I decide to soak my hat after taking a pic, however I forgot I'd put my shades on over the bill of my cap and dropped them in the creek, nearly losing them into the culvert that went under the trail, thanks to my ski pole I made the save. The falls:



The cliffs were quite bare, and Angel Face was green, as was Chicken Chute.



I really pushed it this week, and due to the many large bare patches where there had been snow a week earlier, I reached the A-Frame relatively early. After a brief water and burrito break I contimued on, until I came upon these tracks, elk methinks.



The whole way up, I was wondering if there was going to be enough snow in West Bowls to make skiing it worthwhile, so as I approached the summit, I stopped of to look down West Bowls and saw this:



It only wnet down about a hundred-fifty yards or so, but I had a back up plan, namely to ski down to the bottom of LaValle Chair and then hike out. Which I ended up doing, but first I had to make summit, and on the way, I found an unopened PBeR which had been uncovered by the melting snows, right next to the lift shack. Well I sunk it in the snow, and rested while it chilled.

Me and my trophy, with Point Six in the background:



Lowering sun to the West, Squaw Mtn. in the upper right, and the LaValle chair:



I skied down a soft and dirty Whipped Cream leaving white tracks:



To be continued.....
post #2 of 26
Pbr?
post #3 of 26
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The hike out

I made it to the bottom of the LaValle Chair with some effort, as the bottom was very soft and my skis had accumulated a scary amount of pine tar, or whatever that black gook is, yuck!




Then before changing into my hiking boots, I took a look at a boiling Lavalle Creek:



As I hiked toward Spartan Saddle, and Second Thought, T-Storms gave me a shout out from the West:



It occurred to me that being on a mountain top, with steel skis perched in an A-frame peaking a couple feet above my head, was NOT a good combination with oncoming T-Storms, and this motivated me to hightail it down the hill faster than the prospect of getting drenched did. I did however stop to take a picture of Spartan Headwall, replete with snow making mister booms.



I also stopped briefly when a fantastic array of greens caught my eye, down what is known as "Grampa's Orgasm". Nobody I've met knows where it got it's name, but everyone calls it that.:



With a mile, or maybe a bit more, left in my trek, the heavens opened and soaked me to the skin, but fortunately my camera made it unaffected.

Perhaps I'll have another report in a couple weeks after my trip to California for my Grandma's 100th birthday (which will get me close enough to Squaw Valley to hit it before the lifts close for the season).:
post #4 of 26
You should try this, Rasputan.
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by tief schnee
You should try this, Rasputan.
Been him, drank that. Yes, it's a good beer. :
post #6 of 26
No wonder you can ski all day and I had to stop at 3pm. I shouldn’t be so lazy in summer.

Great report and pics!
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by paedde
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Great report and pics!
Yeah, what he said.
post #8 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by paedde
No wonder you can ski all day and I had to stop at 3pm. I shouldn’t be so lazy in summer.

Great report and pics!
Last summer all I did was ride my bike to work for a couple of months, so that wasn't it, it was probably just that you'd been skiing ridiculous huge powder day after day by the time you hit the Bowl.
post #9 of 26
Another of your ,i wish i was there, reports. The scenery get more colorful and beautiful everytime you post. It makes it hard to see the snow leave but to see the land come alive with color makes it easier to accept
post #10 of 26
Nice find(PBR). Evil Black Gook comes with the district. Thanks for the TR,VA. Thunderstorms in the Mts. here,no ski today.
post #11 of 26
I've really enjoyed your trips this spring VA. Hope that you can find a patch of snow to sustain you into the summer. Meanwhile, I'll look forward to skiing with you at Squaw on Friday
post #12 of 26
Great photo's and report. Thanks for your effort.
post #13 of 26

Swill Brew

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Originally Posted by tief schnee
Pbr?
Pabst Blue Ribbon

right up there with Genesee Cream Ale and Old Milauwkee.
post #14 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cirquerider
I've really enjoyed your trips this spring VA. Hope that you can find a patch of snow to sustain you into the summer. Meanwhile, I'll look forward to skiing with you at Squaw on Friday
I'm glad that some folks have liked my humble : offerings of TR journalism. It's a whole new thing for me.

Cool beans Cirq, glad to hear your on board. I'll bring my little camera along, but I still haven't gotten around to buying a card with greater capacity, I think mine is only 16mb.

Any idea where to meet? Anyone else want to hit Squaw Friday?
post #15 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bumpdad
Pabst Blue Ribbon

right up there with Genesee Cream Ale and Old Milauwkee.
PBR is the preferred to-go beer at the Bowl, with patrons and lifties alike. Good swill!
post #16 of 26
Like Rolling Rock in Philly! Not sure how that got to be thought of as a good beer, it's OK but not good imo. We used to say it was made from fresh Schuylkill River water. At one time, if you fell in that river you needed to be decontaminated :
post #17 of 26
And what a find. An unopened can, which I presume was cold.
post #18 of 26
At Crested Butte this spring I saw what appeared to be a wine bottle in the snow off the trail. Had to pick up my daughter and was already late so couldn't do another run to get it. Snowed 6 inches or so that night and couldn't find it the next day. I hope somebody got it before closing day.
post #19 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by bumpdad
Pabst Blue Ribbon

right up there with Genesee Cream Ale and Old Milauwkee.
My reading comprehension failed this time. I thought he carried it up.

I am familiar with all three fine beverages. Of the 3, I'd go with Genny.
post #20 of 26
PBR was the pisswatah of choice when I was .... 16.

Hiking on an empty mountain, finding snow to dance on, feeling wind and weather in your hair, uncovering a chilled brew........priceless!
post #21 of 26
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Bwahahaha!!! It seems that my pictures are SO engrossing that no one recalls what I wrote about the beer entirely.

No tief schnee, I didn't carry it up there, and no Bonni and bumpdad it wasn't chilled, I put it in the snow to chill while I put my boots on and tramped around on the summit to take a couple pics. Wet snow chills beer very quickly I'm happy to say.:
post #22 of 26
PBR.... yuck. Right up there with Iron City, Piels, Old Milwalkee and Miller Lite. Not that I wouldn't have thanked Uller for the happy surprise and made a toast to him, and it would have probably tasted good after a few hours of hiking, but still...PBR????

Right now I'm picturing VA with Bitter Beer Face
post #23 of 26
Great continuation of your previous reports VA and maybe you'll have a little more luck at Squaw and find a "Sierra Nevada Pale Ale":
post #24 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnH
PBR.... yuck. Right up there with Iron City, Piels, Old Milwalkee and Miller Lite. Not that I wouldn't have thanked Uller for the happy surprise and made a toast to him, and it would have probably tasted good after a few hours of hiking, but still...PBR????

Right now I'm picturing VA with Bitter Beer Face
I have always wondered at the popularity of PBR in this kneck of the woods. To me it's just a lower tier macro brew, a bit better than Hamms, but not as good as Miller or Budwieser. When I buy a non-micro brew (which is rare, do to the exceptional micros in Missoula), it usually will be Kokanee or Molson's.

Oh, and PBR doesn't have enough flavor to cause bitter beer face.
post #25 of 26
Hey Volantaddict-

To keep the black gook at bay you might want to try some of this:

www.zardoznotwax.com

I bummed some from a guy while setting up in the parking lot at Snowbird
this past Saturday- it works as they claim. I ended up on one run in particular that was like toasted coconut frosting- creamy smooth and
covered with dirt, pebbles and gook. (ok, I admit, I actually skied it twice-
it was too much fun ) At the end of the day my bases still had a faint
sheen and all that black gook was rolled up on the sides like snot!
post #26 of 26
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Zardoz huh, sounds like a winner. Maybe I'll try it.
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