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Cornucopia of Corn, Whitepine Canyon, Utah May 10th.

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The lazy man's guide to corn skiing.

we need some music

signin out with ski patrol

Our destination 1# American Fork East twin.

the boot pack up the ridge

View towards Provo and Timponogas from the top of Salt Lake County

From the top down LCC, with the SLC Twin Peaks and the Great Salt Lake off in the distance.

Me right before the rollover, our route takes as though the pass and then up the mountain(Red Baldy) off in the distance.

Jakecast having some fun carvin the Corn of the ridge.

Jake on his way to the bottom of the first run. 2000 vertical down the floor of White Pine canyon.

At the Bottom we decide to ski Red Baldy, never been there its kinda of out of the way and looks like we get a great run down once the sun hit it.

Our skis got tired we had to stop

Me sitting the skin track.

Sadly the snow above about where that picture wasnt safe, wasnt easy to skin or boot on(nearly impossiable with out crampons) and wouldnt of been fun to ski anyways so we stopped about 500 feets of the top of the Snowfield and just skied. To the couple BC skiers in utah that post on here, the High Elevation North facing slopes arent isothermic yet and can still slab slide, its unlikely but I even found the same stuff on Kessler Peak in BCC last tuesday. I would stick to lower elevation and stay away from due north untill we get some really warm days and some refreezing nights.

ok now with that out of the way we did ski down. it was pretty good.

Jake enjoying our labors

Me not killin it just cruisin.

the Damage, the top third of the 2nd run

after another 3000 vertical feet of corn and then 1000 feet of mank(ugh)

we came to the gnarliest thing we did all day, the bridge crossing lol.

also I have to say I am sorry to Jake in public screwed up alot of pictures trying to be Ansle Adams with a camera thats no mine, sorry dude.

Sunday May 11th.

Saw my friend Kristy off with a boot pack to ski down pretty much the same line minus the skin section. First BC experince ever, I think I hooked another person

Tuesday May 13th, skied kessler Peak in 6inches of new snow. Sick run 2500-3000feet depending how far you go up also saw a Golden Eagle for the first time ever. This is were we discover more punchy, crust on graupel snow north facing at about 10,5k.

No pictures from the last 2 days though.
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man, I hate and love you guys at the same time
see you there next winter, I already started saving the $$$
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What is corn skiing and wow BWPA, I just started school and its 70F out but you're still out living it up... awesome.
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Originally Posted by alex4412 View Post
What is corn skiing and wow BWPA, I just started school and its 70F out but you're still out living it up... awesome.
Description from avalanche.org

the last paragrahp is the most important

There's dry snow and there's wet snow. Or at least that's how most professionals think about the distinction. Although there's really a continuum between dry and wet snow, it's only natural to draw a hard line between them because they are such different beasts altogether. Wet snow that has gone through repeated melt-freeze cycles is often called Corn Snow. Under Corn Snow or Melt-Freeze conditions, a crust forms on the surface that will support your weight when frozen, but turns to deep slush during the heat of the day.

Wet snow avalanches are caused by a completely different process than dry snow avalanches. Although it’s a little overly simplistic, dry avalanches are caused by overloading the strength of buried weak layers while wet avalanches are caused by decreasing the strength of buried weak layers.

To understand the difference between dry snow and wet snow, imagine a bunch of grapes. In this analogy, the grapes are the snow grains and the grape vines are the crystalline bonds between them. Now, imagine that when you wash the grapes, the grape vines dissolve, leaving you with nothing but free-floating grapes. In the snowpack, when water percolates through the snowpack it dissolves the bonds between crystals—the more saturated the snow, the more it dissolves the bonds, thus, dramatically decreasing the strength of the snow.

So, why doesn’t all wet snow instantly avalanche? Part of the reason comes from the bonding power of water itself. In the Lilliputian world of snow crystals, a tiny bead of water usually clings between the grains, which act like a glue because of the "surface tension" of water. Surface tension means that water tends to cling to itself, which is why rain comes down as discrete drops instead of falling as a fog. The surface tension of water is actually a fairly powerful glue that holds wet snow together.

But when the snow becomes saturated, all the surface tension between the grains instantly disappears because we’ve flooded the caverns with water—turning a snow cone into a margarita. Not only have the bonds disappeared but millions of tiny ice grains are now buoyant, free to slurp down the mountainside like thousands of concrete trucks dumping their load at once. That’s what makes wet slides especially tricky because snow can loose its strength very quickly. Very stable snow can turn into very unstable snow in a matter of an hour or even minutes.

Corn Snow becomes “ripe” when the bonds between the snow grains just start to melt, providing a velvety surface texture perfect for many types of riding. This usually occurs in the morning hours, but the exact timing is very aspect dependent. Seasoned corn harvesters know that predicting this timing is an art form honed through experience. If you’re too early, the frozen surface can rattle out your fillings. Worse is arriving too late, after too many bonds have melted and the corn snow has turned into deep, dangerous slush. The slope that may have been perfect an hour ago is now prime for wet snow avalanches.
basically its just about the easiet most forgiving surface you could ever ski on, in alot of ways its more forgiving than powder. The problems is you will almost never ski this stuff inbounds, with exception like when a ski resort shuts for a weak then reopens a week later in the spring time. tomorrow at snowbird should be really good in this regard.
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Wide open, low angle hero snow. You should be freeheeling that. Admit it, you got a little bored. You could of had big fun.
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bored naw, just happy to be out there, plus we have plans now that we saw back there.

Plusi tried freeheeling on the run out, on AT binders lol.

sticky snow and no heel look = faceplant into the snow
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OK, maybe I meant I should be freeheeling that. Looks really nice. I'm jealous.
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Sweet TR.
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