|Oquirh's from the North Salt Lake Bench.|
This has been a strange winter. Warm and bone dry, and when I finally give up on winter it starts to snow, which it has done now almost continuously for the last two weeks. I've been too busy with real-life stuff for skiing higher elevations, where the snow is deeper but the approaches are much longer, like at least a half day commitment. The result is I haven't skied in two weeks. But there is hope when the foothills get a foot or two of snow. I saw several trip reports saying the foothills were good, so Sunday morning I went for the shorty-short-short approach hoping for deep cover. And??? Yes, it was OK, not great, but a day on skis is better than a day not on skis. Besides, why amplify expectations when you're headed to stuff barely topping out at 6,000 feet? It is what it is. Just go with it. The cover was thin, between 10 to 20 inches (drifts), and on average just barely enough to ski but still a damn fine day on skis! Admittedly, my standards this year are pretty low. I hit the ground a lot and I was glad I went with my old rock skis (eight year old Black Diamond Justices). For the descent I chose a grassy hill to minimize the damage. I knew it was grassy - with few rocks - because I often ride my mountain bike up the adjoining drainage during the summer. The skiing was fun, if slightly off-fall-line (big right turns, shallow lefts) but I received NO core shots. I almost went down once or twice when the skis abruptly hit ground, nearly causing a face plant, and I saw dirt flying once when glancing over my shoulder. It is what it is.
And BRRRRRRR! It was frigid and cloudy at the start, sunny and warm at the finish. The clouds hung over the mountains until I was about done, but when it came out the sunshine felt wonderful on my face.
|Antelope Island in the sun while I'm still under clouds.|
|An old corral from a forgotten era on Meridian.|
|Antelope Island from the flanks of Meridian Peak.|
|I felt bad that I made these deer run up a snow-covered hillside. Wish I was that fast.|
|Still a gray day when I topped out on Meridian, but the sun was bright to the west.|
|This was an accidental shot . . . and I hate selfies, at least of me. Just too old and haggard to be flashing my face all over the place.|
|View south towards Radio Canyon and Radio Ridge, and Salt Lake City beyond. That drone is a huge waste of time.|
|West view and the Great Salt Lake looking very blue beyond the now land-locked Antelope Island (far right out of frame).|
|It tracks and follows extremely well, but such a waste of ski-time.|
|Meridian Peak is the high point in the middle of the picture, barely visible behind its lower sister peak, the rounded hump just above my three turns. Radio Canyon (Jones Canyon?) is the right-side drainage and Radio Ridge on the right.|
|Such a beautiful day when the sun came out on the new snow.|
|The old CCC terraces (built in the 1930's during the depression) still visible.|