December 5, 2010

Park City and White Pine

Wow... just a great weekend in the Wasatch...

Exactly a year ago this weekend, we took a little trip out here to check out SLC as a potential place to move to. We skied at Park City that weekend, and there were about 4 runs and a couple hundred acres open. There was no snow! But we still moved here, anyways ;-)

This year things have been a bit different in terms of snowfall. Its been quite an incredible early season, with the upper reaches of the Cottonwoods already having received about 12 feet of the white stuff. Since Andrea just got some new skis as an early Christmas present from me (and then outfitted herself with some lightweight AT boots and Dynafit bindings), we decided a day of lift-serviced skiing at Park City was a good way to get the feel for the new gear. Plus, pretty much the entire mountain was already open... what a difference a year makes! So, we skied PCMR on Saturday... no fresh snow, but there was nobody there, so we had the place to ourselves and got in a full day of skiing. True to what you'd expect from us, even an "inbounds" day included 4 hikes to access some better terrain.

On Sunday we met up with Mark, Lisa, and Sharon and headed up White Pine Canyon for some backcountry action. We were rewarded with surprisingly fantastic snow conditions (despite the fact that it hasn't snowed in 6 days), warm weather, and sunny, blue skies. We skied three of the prominent NW-facing chutes off Red Top, and had a really, really fun day. The total vertical was around 5,000 feet, which is perfect for early-season touring.

Full gallery of pics from the weekend here... some selected ones are below:

Andrea skiing Jupiter Peak at Park City Mountain

My turn

Andrea above Park City

Andrea skinning with Upper White Pine and White Baldy behind her

Our second run of the day on Sunday... our tracks to the right, and Lisa is dropping in to the left

This is probably when I was telling Andrea for the 10,000th time how much I love living in Utah

Enjoying the run out... the chutes we skied are up behind me

This is the zone we skied all day... pretty much tracked it out!

I love this area of the Wasatch

Another landscape scenic

4/5ths of our crew for the day

The Cottonwood Ridge, on our ski back to the trailhead

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you all had a great time. Please share your experience and photos when you become a fan of Park City on Facebook, We hope to see you soon.