December 12, 2010

Big Cottonwood Weekend

A quick photo update from the weekend. About a foot of new snow fell on Friday night, so we skinned up Silver Fork with some friends on Saturday and got in about 4500 feet worth of perfect powder turns. Today, Andrea and I headed up Butler Fork to ski the East bowl of Mt Raymond. Visibility was poor to quite poor (fog), but it was nice and warm, and once the clouds lifted, it felt more like June than December!

The weather in SLC has been quite pleasant lately. Pretty warm in the valley (even Andrea was running in shorts this afternoon), and the snowpack in the mountains is deep and relatively stable. Can't ask for much more than that. We've made a lot of quality early season turns, and I've been running an average of ~120 miles a week for the past month, so its safe to say that winter is off to a great start!

Full gallery from the weekend: December 11-12 skiing

Andrea skinning in Silver Fork on Saturday

Hmmm which way was the wind coming from last night? :-)

Ridgeline skintrack

Our crew on the ridgeline

Transition zone

Can you spot me?

Andrea on our last run of Saturday

Skinning up to Mt Raymond today... couldn't see a thing!

The skies clearing on our way out. We skied the big obvious bowl in the center.

Kessler and its big avalanche paths

Andrea walking out the last quarter-mile... coverage was a little thin, and there was no point in letting her new skis hit any rocks.

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