What a difference a week makes! Last week was really good, but today was a five-year-best powder day: knee deep blower and not a hint of that bullet-proof rain crust. And Jonah and Brett made it 10-times better. I ski alone a lot because of my busy schedule (often spontaneous outing when I have an opening), so when I can get friends to join me it always makes the day much better.
Today we skied Crescent Bowl, Crescent (proper) and Rectangle Bowl. All were great! All offering GoPro-lens-buggering face shots, and with NO worries of my daily core-shot which seemed to become the norm the last few years. It was cold and windy and the top 100 feet off the ridges had stiff wind-drifts to blast through, but it was one of those days that reinforces why I'm a boy of winter.
|Wind! Blowing snow off the trees didn't make it any warmer.|
|103 centimeters (40.5 inches) at Rudy's Flat. Last week (12/19/16) at this spot there was 24 inches. The Christmas Day storm of 2016 was one of the biggest storms of the last decade.|
|138 centimeters (54 inches) in lower Rectangle Bowl, which had 35 inches a week ago (12/19/16).|
|Jonah and Brett skinning, just coming around the toe of Dead Tree ridge and entering Rectangle Bowl.|
|Almost at the top of Rectangle Peak.|
|Cracking and cornice dropping along upper Rectangle Ridge . . .|
|Jonah and Brett topping Rectangle Peak.|
|Jonah having a personal dilemma: should I go to work or ditch and keep skiing POW? Brett kept telling him that he'll always have work, but powder is a fickle mistress.|
|Ski runs on upper Crescent.|
|I think my thermometer is jacked, it felt sub-zero all day. Windchill is real!|
|Lichen pictograph . . .|
|I've seen this broken branch hanging from the live branch for over thirty years, and named the adjacent ski run "Wishbone" for obvious reasons.|
|View SW from Rectangle Ridge, over the Salt Lake Valley towards the Oquirh Mountains.|
|A short while trying to drop a small cornice.|