May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Main Chute

We spent two-thirds of Memorial Day weekend in Nashville TN for a wedding, but since there is only one direct flight from Nashville to SLC and its at 7:30am, we ended up back home early on the Monday holiday. We swung by home to swap wedding clothes for ski gear and then headed up to Alta to ski Main Chute again. The line is in great condition right now, and we really like bootpacking, so that was an easy choice for a quick hit.

The sun came out in full force during our booter, which has led to a pair of semi-sunburned faces a few hours later, then the weather went back to low-visibility fog during the ski down (of course) and it even snowed a little on us. We'll take it.

Last time we skied Main Chute, we took our skinny rando sticks, so it was nice to have adult sized skis with us today :-)

May 17, 2015

You never know what you're gonna get...

We skied 3 times this past week, and every day was dramatically different. Spring weather in the mountains is awesome and a bit crazy.

Let's take it from the start:

Tuesday May 12th

Slush. Slush. Slush. We did a lap at Alta after work and the snow was mashed potatoes. It started raining at 8500' when we got back to the car. We remained optimistic that the ski season wasn't over, although it wasn't looking good.

Friday, May 15th

A couple inches of snow during the day covered up the snirt (dirty snow, for those of you who never lived in Colorado and endured the wrath of Utah/desert dust storms blowing all kinds of crap across the state line... although this year Colorado has stayed snirt-free and we had it all over the Wasatch after a mid-April dust storm). 

We caught a perfect break in the weather after work and had fun skiing in the sunshine. The conditions were good compared to a few days earlier.

Saturday, May 16th

We didn't ski. Instead we went to see Pitch Perfect 2 and let it snow.

This happened:

Where did that come from?!?!

Sunday May 17th

We got up early and headed up to Alta with the powder skis - 16 inches of new snow since Saturday afternoon! It was pretty dense (probably would have turned into several feet had it been just a touch colder) and due to fog you couldn't really see anything, but who cares? When it snows 16" on the back end of May, you can't ask for it all - you just ski! We got in 5 fun laps before it started to get a little too soggy. 

It's not over yet :-)

May 11, 2015

Moab Weekend

Andrea taking in views of the Klondike Bluffs

With heavy rain forecasted to dominate the Wasatch front all weekend, we headed south to Moab on Friday afternoon for sunshine and desert fun. We end up down in Moab once or twice a year, and it's always a good time. It's nice to have so many places like this within reasonable driving distance.

We stopped at the Bar-M trails for a run on Friday afternoon, which has become one of our favorite spots to run in Moab. Lots of fun, but not overly technical, single and doubletrack trails.

On Saturday we checked out a new area for running in the morning (Klonzo trail system - highly recommended) and then an old favorite for some hiking in the afternoon (Fisher Towers).

We returned to Bar-M for another run on Sunday morning, then biked/hiked up to the Klondike Bluffs overlook in the afternoon, which was our favorite part of the weekend.

Photos - first, Fisher Towers...

Bike ride to the Klondike Bluffs... most of it was on fun slickrock...

The overlook was sensational...

You can see Andrea in this photo if you look close

May 8, 2015

Vienna: Country Life

Biking along the Danube River
My photos from the city of Vienna are here.

While I wasn't able to make it to the Alps on this trip, I was able to get out of Vienna twice and see some of the countryside.

One day I took a train out to Melk, rented a bike (NextBike), and rode it along the river to Krems. The ride was about 25 miles and very scenic - through a handful of small towns and past lots of vineyards. In Durnstein I hiked up to some castle ruins above the town. In Krems I dropped off my bike and took a train back to Vienna, completing the loop.

On another occasion I went for a hike to the Paulmauer peak in Lower Austria with some colleagues. The Austrins really take care of their natural resources - it's a beautiful country.

From the bike ride...


And from the hike...