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post #1 of 30
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Finally got out for a wee cruise on my rugged touring rig in the 'back yard' and bagged my first and only turn of the season.



Here's a close up. Don't get jealous.

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So after Divot gets some the snowballs removed, we pile into the Jeep and head down to Purgatory to visit a couple friends and check on how the single ribbon of death was progressing for opening this weekend. Meanwhile, Divot decides to lay his wet soggy self down in the drivers seat and soaks it. I think it was a payback for icy paws.
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lst turns

Nice Pics. No snow here yet. Weatherman says going to start this weekend and continue for 6 weeks. I will drink to that.

Divot had a good time and NICE turn.
post #4 of 30
I like your backyard! It has more snow in it than mine.

You ever ski that couloir in the top of the first photo?
JF
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You ever ski that couloir in the top of the first photo?
JF
Well....the short answer is no.

The long answer: i was going to tele it once over 20 years ago and scared the heck out myself. My b-day is in June and for a number of years I'd try to ski something and would need to hike something for turns. This time, a buddy of mine (an experienced climber) and I decided to camp out the night before and start climbing at dawn. We soon discovered that as the sun warmed the rocks above they started popping off and turned the couloir into a pin ball machine.

So my buddy decides it'd be really cool to free climb the left side to the top. I was dumb enough and confident enough to say 'cool'. That too was full of loose rocks and sketchy holds and I had several near death experiences climbing with tele boots, skis on my back, looking down a shear drop which looked like miles, while my friend was encouraging me. When I made it to the top, he took a picture of me and my face was awhite as the snow and he was laughing. Once my knees stop shaking we opted to ski off the left side (skiers right) which was sweet.

Every time I drive over the pass, I shake my head and I count my blessings looking at that couloir. Not the only young and dumb thing I attempted.....and survived.
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"Divot"
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Nice, even if it was one turn. Can't wait!
post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

You ever ski that couloir in the top of the first photo?
JF


 

I believe that is the "Naked Lady Couloir" on Snowdon.  I have a friend who skied it on teles about two years ago.  They posted some nice pics of the run on Telemarktips.com. If there is the right amount of snow you can see the outline of a very well endowed woman.


Edited by mudfoot - Wed, 04 Feb 09 03:04:54 GMT
post #9 of 30
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Nords do it more often....and with less

Well, I couldn't stand it and needed an attitude adjustment. Due to the recent storm, Dyvot and I beat last year by 2 1/2 weeks. Gotta love Wx and Snotel. With 15" recorded, it's more than enough to get out with conditions ranging from spring like 6" to 24" of dry powder.

Here's this year's turn....it was Epic:








All ya need is 6":





And from a hike the day before from home. Even without skis, snow is enjoyable:


post #10 of 30
Nice pictures Terry!

Will you be hanging out at Telluride at all during this winter? will you finally make it to Taos?
post #11 of 30
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Thanks. It was a bluebird day.

I'll be hitting T-ride and hope to get to Taos. I'll be in Bernallio this weekend and just might bring my skis, just in case....
post #12 of 30
 Love the doggie stoke!
Hate you for having all that snow while its warm and icky here.
post #13 of 30
Terry, very nice photos.  Coming to Aspen again?

Mike 
post #14 of 30
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TC looks like I need to get Dyvot to the pet groomer to trim his rasta whithers.

It really sucked when I had to wipe the snow off my thighs.


Thanks Mike. it'd be hard to top last year's fun day. We'll see.
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After the recent storm system through the Rockies, I got a chance to sneak out for a bunch of laps with skinny skis and my two best skiing buddies. Here is what happens when you put a 61" high kid on 200cm XC skis, skate boots and 16" of fresh...and a little air:

 

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(Note: Sorry about the blotch mark. My P&S camera is on the fritz after trying to shoot video in the bow of a raft in whitewater.....not recommended.)

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Luv the smile smile.gif!

 

I got a few laps today myself, ahead of the approaching blizzard:

 

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JF

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Nice!

 

We've had ripping wind and flurries for the past week - consistently howling, I'm now drifted into my house and we had to use snowshoes and a sled to bring in the Thanksgiving groceries today.  The wind stopped blowing and it finally started dumping this afternoon... got about a foot in a couple of hours.

 

I'm too much of a chicken to want to venture up high just now, but have been out on XC skis about four times now.  Absolutely gorgeous in all respects... out with a headlamp so sorry, no pics.

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Yeah the avy danger is substantial and it's snowing again! There are all kinds of little pitches in safe areas easily accessible with XC skis. Just being out is always nice and it's getting better. Hopefully the La Nina predications are wrong overall.

 

Nice turns 4ster!


Edited by Alpinord - 11/24/10 at 7:35am
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Nice pics, I love Molas Pass!

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Yesterday's mission was on Coal Bank. It looks like we just caught the lower 'finger' of the storm and as you go north it gets deeper.....and of course at Wolf Creek.

 

Tromano found these new Rossi BC 125 Wide with posi tracks. They'd be perfect for a day like yesterday. Throw on some skins for steeper stuff and you have a highly versatile outfit. My BC 90s were a little narrow for busting trail in deep snow and not quite enough float, but still fun.

 

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Edited by Alpinord - 11/24/10 at 8:51am
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Well this year, the snow hit very early. Wolf Creek has been open for a month and we had a few dustings and snow that melted. Finally, this weekend a major storm hit while I was in Telluride. I brought out the skinny skis and skied them down in 8" of fresh a closed green run in zero visibility. Hiked up and did it again:

 

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This was the first time out after knee surgery and rehab and I was a bit apprehensive, especially since I could not see anything, including depressions and snow making obstacles in the flat light. Things become more and more encouraging with the knee and I'm looking forward to the season. Game on as far as I'm concerned! Maybe a tour on Molas or Wolf Creek this week....

 

After cheating death during the San Juan slop drive home, we went back into town to catch a bite. Several vehicles had crashed and gone off the road near use due to the wet/freeze conditions....but, the conditions were perfect for Sube donuts, the first real turn of the season:
 

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I figure it was a perfect circle and a 550 degree spin. The kid loved it and my wife is PO'd. biggrin.gif

 

5" of snow is the new minimum and this is the earliest we have been able to ski out the back door and the 'nordic center' is open as of yesterday and this AM:

 

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It dumped this afternoon and my son wants to go jump on some skis and find a slope to cruise down....later. icon14.gif

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

 

After cheating death during the San Juan slop drive home, we went back into town to catch a bite. Several vehicles had crashed and gone off the road near use due to the wet/freeze conditions....but, the conditions were perfect for Sube donuts, the first real turn of the season:
 

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I figure it was a perfect circle and a 550 degree spin. The kid loved it and my wife is PO'd. biggrin.gif

 

 

 

 

 



Ah... that explains the highway number  smile.gif

post #23 of 30

I like the ongoing theme of this first turn thread!  Four years running icon14.gif

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I had some fun turns up at Targhee yesterday. First ones of the year, a great hike and tried my knee out to see if I was going to make it this year. I wish I had some pics, but I couldnt see through the wind and snow. It was very fun, very shallow, and fairly scary.......But, if I lived an hour closure I would be there today. I hit rocks every third turn or so, and it was safety skiing for sure, but skiing finally. Please send more snow.

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Nice!

 

A friend of mine posted this pic from Targhee yesterday on another board I frequent.  

 

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love the brodies! missing that part of skiing to... coming into the parking lot at 50 and e-brake to your spot. CLASSIC!

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It was good snow. Wind was nuke'n on top. I only hit 70% of the rocks! which means I will go back in a day or two. wasatch might be good by this weekend?????

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Here's a glimpse of the first alpine skiing day of my son at Wolf Creek Saturday. The snow quality was good and the coverage was very good for early season. The top of the ridge and Alberta Peak was thin, but the trees and runs were sweet, but with occasional hazards. For me it was great confidence booster and the knee held up great!

 

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post #29 of 30

Terry, just found this thread and your report.  Good to hear you are out and about on the knee.  Are you skiing with a brace?  I am, although I forgot it on Saturday so skied without it...

 

Mike

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Good to hear Mike. I wore the brace as cheap insurance and confidence boost. Some of the snags and dense snow could easily cause awkward twisting and I did not want to risk anything...yet.

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