April 17, 2016

Spring Powder Weekend (!!!)

Andrea scoping our next run in Wolverine Cirque - Sunday April 17th

We almost went to Aspen this weekend (Mountain Collective passes burning holes in our pockets) but with snow in the forecast locally, decided to push the Colorado trip back a week and see what the weather gods had in store for Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Colorado got hammered (and is still getting hammered) over the past few days, but the first snowstorm of April delivered in Utah as well. We got 10-14" towards the end of the week and that set up an amazing 48 hour window of powder skiing - from the time we left work on Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. It felt like winter - a nice change after skiing Brighton laps in shorts earlier in the week!

It doesn't get better than spring powder weekends! And we may not get any/many more of them this year (although we are hoping for a few more) so we took full advantage...

Friday April 15

The usual after-work tour: Patsy Marley's north bowl, a couple laps off towards the East (Heaven's Gate area), then finished with Freeland and the Grizzly gully. Four laps - all aspects had great powder.

Saturday April 16

We guessed that Cardiff would be the place and we were right. After skiing down the north side of Cardiff Peak (Power Outage) we skied two east-facing laps off Cardiac Ridge, then four laps in Cardiac Bowl, then another quick shot off Powerline and back to the Alta via Cardiff Pass. It was quite a big day - 9 laps is probably our record for a backcountry ski day. It was hero snow, all day.

Sunday April 17

We didn't think today would be much of an outing - it couldn't be as good as yesterday, right? Wrong!!! The NE/N/NW aspects were still holding dry, cold snow. We ended up skiing 5 more powder runs, including 3 fun chutes - Stupid, Tuna, and Grannys - and spent a little time at the Church of Sunday Bookpack.

Some of our work

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