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Blastin' Snowbird May 3rd

post #1 of 14
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I took BushwackerinPA's invite up for a May Snowbird trip. All week the weather was looking crummy for Saturday, but there was good karma happening here. First off, I score a free ticket from a Snowbird instructor who just happens to sell me centrifugal pumps as his day job (thanks Larry). Then, the sun comes out and stays out.

I link up with BWPA at the tram deck, and while crammed in the tram we link up with Paul, a TGR devotee. He ends up skiing with us the whole day - more good karma.

Paul leaning back and taking in the scenery at the Macaroni chute - Silver Fox.



We link up with TRomano and his wife, and start touring Mineral Basin. Bush keeps us in the best conditions the whole day, playing the mountain like a master. We only hit bad ice once, on Big Emma.

BWPA riding the crest at the Bookends.



Christy joins us, and we've got a mini-gathering going. She rips the crud at the Bookends.



It's a tossup in my mind for highest pucker factor of the day; between the entrance of Great Scott or making the turn at the top of the Hillary Step. Christy has no such problems with the Step.



BWPA dropping a sweet 10 footer on the Macaroni chute.



Paul and TRomano dicing up the mank in Gad Valley with an unknown standing skier.



All in all, a fine day at the Bird. Good luck next year at Jackson, or wherever you end up, Josh.
post #2 of 14
well to be fair that drop is a couple feet at most...10 footers are out of my reach on hard pack days on 170 carving skis.

thanks ryan for the pictures get them all up and send me the link to photobucket!!! tim get up your pictures!!!!

ryan's(spikedog) a great skier for only skiing 12 days this year.

Great day guys!!! pretty fun crew to ski with.
post #3 of 14
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well to be fair that drop is a couple feet at most...10 footers are out of my reach on hard pack days on 170 carving skis.
Hehe...I was going to say...If that's a 10' cliff I have a 100' dcik. :-p

Way to get it buddy, Thursday has sikness potential.
post #4 of 14
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It looks bigger from below; plus, if you measure the distance dropped, I'll bet it's 10' vertical. I was trying to capture the moment - the mental micrometer was off. It's like fishing stories. The more it's told, the bigger the fish was.
post #5 of 14
Launch to landing: 10 feet. Nice air
post #6 of 14
thanks guys ... gettin it done in May has got to be sweet!
post #7 of 14
Yup, that turn at the top of the Hillary Step has some pucker factor to it.

Echoing the positive karma toward Josh as a tourguide. What a great guy. Jackson's gain is definitely the 'Bird's loss.

Did he show you the spine with trees skiers left of the bottom of the Bookends? It was great last weekend. Said he had never been there before (I find that hard to believe...)
post #8 of 14
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It looks bigger from below; plus, if you measure the distance dropped, I'll bet it's 10' vertical. I was trying to capture the moment - the mental micrometer was off. It's like fishing stories. The more it's told, the bigger the fish was.
The cameras do no justice to the gradient of the slope really, especially when taken from below. I have a recorded run of myself down a 60-angled black diamond, but since the camera was pointed upwards, the slope appeared to be the horizon... This in effect made me look like an type-1 going down a bunny slope when I'm really hanging off a cliff!

As for the 10' drop, I'm convinced that with enough speed it was no exaggeration
post #9 of 14
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Here's a shot I took right before I dropped below to get the uphill photos. Looks a bit steeper from above, as you mentioned, Tetranode.
post #10 of 14
Yup it's steep. IDC what my friend who skis Squaw says - there are steeps in Utah!
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
Yup, that turn at the top of the Hillary Step has some pucker factor to it.

Echoing the positive karma toward Josh as a tourguide. What a great guy. Jackson's gain is definitely the 'Bird's loss.
Ditto,

I've had the chance to ski the 'Bird with Josh twice. Never a dull moment !
post #12 of 14
Photos never do justice to the pitch. It's safe to say, knowing these guys, it was steep; personally, who cares! 10 foot or 7 foot? Again, who cares? It's frickin May and they are skiing on mid-season conditions and I'm not. Glad you had a good time! I start rehab this week! Yeee-haaaa
post #13 of 14
thanks guys for the kind words, kinda of sad no more tram(well till june), and as of today no more kristy(off to seatle to slay life)

but....

this friday should be the best day of the year in mineral. The sun has groomed everything smooth, and its solid as rock right now.

Friday morning when the sun hits that crust, its going to be some of the nicest corn skiing that ever happened in bounds at snowbird.

anyone in? warning not sure how slow I can go with a once in a blue moon occurance like this.
post #14 of 14
Here are some other pics from two weeks ago. Enjoy.

































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