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Snowbird / Alta Jan. 22 to 27.

post #1 of 14
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Fellow Bears:

Just back home but suffice it to say it has been a very satisfying trip. Had a bluebird day on Jan. 23 with leftovers from the last power day. Skied Mineral Basis and the trees all around and found some soft snow.

Jan 24 skied Alta in a snow shower and the last two hours where epic. Skied everywhere and even hike for a few of my turn. Catherines was knee deep by the afternoon.

But the name event was on Jan 25. hooked up with Lonnie and BushwackerinPA. We skied the Bird with BushwackerinPA showing us the goods. We start the day with a warm up run down Wilbere Bowl. We were the first in and Bush picked the line. He hit hard and fast making great turn. I looked deep maybe knee deep so I jump in skiing straight down the fall line feeling pretty good about myself when I showed everyone how I got my nickname. I took a digger or, as Bushwackin said later a lunch, it was the hardest fall he has seen anyone take and describe the fall as a double tomahawk. Well I shook it off and put it all up as an experience. We then spent the rest of the morning dropping line through the tree and traversed to some great drops. BushwackerinPA and Lonnie were great hosts and took it easy on us and both guys are great skiers. I was an epic day.

But a picture is worth a thousand words so here we go:

This off of a traverse in from Bananas (Tiger Tail/Thunder Bowl Area)



BushwackinPA Gettin' Some









Lonnie gettin the flow on:




I had my moments






My bud on a snowboard who hung on and battled the traverses but got the goods:




It was a great trip and I still have some images to up load of the bluebird left overs day we had on Jan. 28.

Thanks to BushwackinPA and Lonnie again. Just two of the best reasons to be a member of this community.

Ed (at home with a perma-grin)
post #2 of 14
Sweet!
post #3 of 14
oh gawd ... and they're getting more snow ... giggle giggle

Thanks for the post!
post #4 of 14
FYI snowbird reported 6inches of new snow that day....I would say they were just alittle under what was knee deep.

thanks ed for the pictures and showing me some guys from ohio can still get it done was fun skiing that day. Also was cool to get lonnie over to the bird for the day when its wasnt in may.
post #5 of 14
Ed, you know I was riding up Collins Thursday morning (my last day there) and realized I forgot to call you the night before like I was planning -- I'm sorry we didn't get to meet up. I can relate the same conditions as you on Wednesday and Thursday. In fact, now that I see your picture, I think I passed you on one of the catwalks in Mineral Basin Wednesday around mid-day. That was a bluebird day for sure. Thursday's skiing at Alta was great with all that snow coming down, and I had a couple runs off Supreme that were the best runs of my life.

I threw a bunch of my pictures up here:

http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/altabird0108/

There's a gallery/slideshow for each day.

I'm hoping to get out to Alta again in Feb or March if I can swing it. That place is amazing. BTW, Bush's remark confirms what I noted -- Snowbird and Alta were under-reporting snow amounts quite a bit from what I could tell. They are quite conservative with their numbers.

Craig
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Skier219:

Sorry about not getting a meeting set. There was just to much going on the fresh snow at Alta really made the afternoon and Jan 24 at Alta looked something like this.









It was a great day at Alta sorry to have missed you.

Ed
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One week and counting. Looks like more snow on the way.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Powdigger View Post
I had my moments

^^^ That photo was worth the price of admission right there. (That one rocks, who took that? )

Twas Fun! Glad we could hook up, and hope to see ya next year!

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Also was cool to get lonnie over to the bird for the day when its wasnt in may.
Always diggin' aren't ya! Hey, at least I got my butt of the couch and went for once!
post #9 of 14

who's this gaper :-p

awesome pics.
post #10 of 14
: I must come to UT some day! great pics
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Powdigger View Post
I had my moments


OH YEAH! I want to ski this chute when I'm out in Feb!! Altho if this snow keeps up, I think I'll need some fatter skis. My little 94mm waist Auras are gonna get lost in all that pow. :
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OH YEAH! I want to ski this chute when I'm out in Feb!!
And Lori, the best part is, from there, it goes on for over 1,000 more vertical feet! (And, FWIW, it's really an avalanche path...)
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That looks awesome! Good work!
post #14 of 14
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Plus that was our second trip in to that chute. It was about 1:00pm in the afternoon. The place is so big it rarely gets tracked out on the first day . . . at least from what I can tell.

Hey, Bushwackin the patrolers never did open up the upper traverse to Thunder . . . what gives? Are they waiting for the Gathering that is going to be some sick DEEEEEEP snow up there. If you get in there you better have your camera it is going to be EPIC.

ED

I had a great time guys . . Lonnie good eye.
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