Following my 14th consecutive full day of work, I went for a skin behind the house. I went alone and skinned up some gas pipeline. It hadn’t snowed in a couple weeks. The snow was awful. It was sketchy. It hurt to ski down.
It got dark. Not really this dark. I just used a dark Instagram filter to create some sort of narrative to cover up how uneventful of a “ski day” this really was. #Truth
But it felt great to be done with two straight weeks of work. Life is good again.
Sundance is over!
Sundance came to a close. I still had to work, but managed to join the Powder Posse for some Powder Posse Party Posse Party Skiing. Liz put on skis for only the third time in a decade. She killed it.
We drank some Fireball and had a blast. Then we enjoyed a sweet Apres session at Red Tail Grill.
That Apres session continued on to Main Street where we played obnoxious drinking games while vocally reclaiming our town. The night ended around 9pm. Because we are old.
Liz and I skinned around the backyard again. This time we did the loop and headed up the hill towards Parley’s Summit. We skinned alongside the road directly towards the SLC Death Smog Cloud of Doom or whatever. The higher we skinned the more you could tasted the pollution in the air. Pretty gross.
Liz hates this photo.
We skied all the way back home in time for both of us to get back to work. The lack of snow sure makes working every day during Sundance a little easier.
Liz, Darin, Freys and I went for a ski tour out of Canyons. We dropped off the backside of Dutch towards Bear Trap Fork through the Bear Trap Glades.
Freys slashes a text book pow turn
We skinned for a while back to the ridge and dropped into Movie Line above 9990. Then I races to work for the first night of Sundance.
Darin skinning throught the aspens. Beautiful day for a tour.
Liz, Matt and I skied some backcountry out of Canyons. Our first lap was great. Our second one was pretty good. Lots of people in the backcountry.
My wife is pretty cool
I went for a skin behind the house to the Moose Hollow Couloir. It was getting dark as I attempted to sneak in a skin after work. The full moon helped considerably as I skinned to the top of the hill. I dropped in and skied a new line through the trees back to the couloir. Halfway down I got a little forward and double ejected wearing a flannel and a hat. It was shocking. I felt violated by the snow. So much snow I forgot to take photos. I got home as it got dark and almost forgot to blog about the day. Close call.
Gold and I skied Solitude after a storm. It warmed up pretty quickly and the snow set up faster than normal. We still managed to find some great turns off Summit Lift.
Gold looking out over Summit Lift.
We didn’t ski a full day, but it was fun. I need to get a few more Soli days in this season.
Liz and I worked before racing to Canyons for the last couple hours of a storm day. We explored Saddleback and found some great snow in the trees. I look forward to exploring this area more for after work pow days.
Liz found some pow.
Then some more pow.
My Grouplove soundtrack was disallowed on YouTube. Mute the clip and play “Ways To Go” to get the video I originally made. This YouTube song is ok though.
It happens every season. The weather man says our snowpack is below average. Ski town residents complain about and the lack of coverage at the resorts. The locals beg for more powder days.
Meanwhile the Powder Posse has been skiing pow. And lots of it. For the first two months of the season, from Oct 30 – Dec 30th, We chased every storm in Utah. We hiked, we skinned, we followed lift and terrain openings at resorts, and we revisited reliable powder stashes. All in search of powder.
These are some of the highlights from the early season. It’s not the deepest pow, the gnarliest lines, on bluebird days, but it’s powder skiing and it’s fun. And it’s not even the New Year.
What a great way to end 2013. Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for the Powder Posse!