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Snowbird Secrets: A Guide to Big Mountain Skiing by Jackson Hogen and Guru Dave Powers
A Guide to Big Mountain Skiing by Jackson
Hogen and Guru Dave Powers


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SUMMER BEGINS

6-19-16

Summer begins with the solstice, and the Bird’s Summer Season began with the Brew Fest and opening of the Tram.   I took advantage of a brief respite from the Dark Matter Wars to get to the peak and reconnect with the vibrations that burst from that vortex.   Here is a shot of the Twins with the last of last season’s snow still holding tough on the High North exposures.  DSC03884The work on the Tram is complete and it is running as smooth as silk.  The new cables are looking shiny and new, and it is an amazing feat to have the new threads set and ready for the next 45 years.  The Summit at Hidden Peak was open as well, but I spent my time soaking up the vistas that were offered by a Kodachrome day.    Down at the base, the plaza was packed, with a great BBQ going on, and out in the upper circle all the Brewing Companies each had tents.  There were arts and crafts tents with some lots of things to check out.   Sin City Soul was rocking the circle with great R&B.  DSC03889They are all excellent players and they played very interesting songs with very funky grooves.  The bass player is an old friend of mine who grew up in the same town back in Mass. that I came from and settled in Heber.  I rarely get a chance to catch this band and it was a special treat to be front and center to get the full effect.  DSC03886It is great to have such a great place to escape the heat so close to home during the Summer.  It is like a staycation like no other.  There are lots of great events planned for the Summer as well as the ongoing activities that are happening every day.  All the attractions are up and running, so everyday is a great day to get a way and enjoy the beauty that is in our back yard.  Tomorrow I return to my post where I am engaged in transmuting the Dark Matter into Puissant Energy with which new creations can be brought into being.  It seems like bailing against the tide sometimes, but there is solace in KNOWING!!  Stay Frosty!!

SEASON WRAP UP

6-12-16

After several weeks of full on encounters in the Dark Matter Wars, which are on going, I was able to reflect on the season that just wrapped up.   Having a near normal snowfall made the vibe much more electric with each accumulation of the Essential Substance.  There were few instances where the faithful were not totally on top of the installments, and that made for some alternative approaches to the deep days.  While the deep days were indeed exquisite, the perfection of the pack during the storm lulls were also exquisite as well.  This shot of perfect corduroyDSC03562exemplifies the amazing quality that was served up day after day.  You just had to know where to look and be able to appreciate perfection in all it’s different iterations.  One of the other elements I remember was the amazing light effects of the Sun and Sky that you have to stop and GROK when you see them.   These atmospheric treats always seem to indicate that one shouldDSC03598reflect on where one is and what a singularly special moment in TIME that is being shown to Being.  There is another atmospheric effect that is very illusive and is only visible in very rarephoto 2-1conditions that you have to be right there when they happen.  The Portal opens and you must step through to get the full effect of the Moment.  Time spent up on the hill is TIME well spent.  There are other amazing instances that are revealed to the early risers, where you have to ask you self; How does that happen?.  Here is one of those sights that are sublime in concept and execution.  DSC03386The completion of the Summit at Hidden Peak was an amazing addition to the ambience of the Snowbird experience that was long in the making and made such a big difference to the season. DSC03314The folks who work up at these elevations worked very hard to make the experience seamless and exciting.  The food was a really big part of the experience as well and the presentation was DSC03426far beyond what one would expect at 11,000 feet.  To make all this happen took a huge effort of folks who arrived early and made it all happen as if by magic.  I spent quite a bit of time in the big room during the raging storms, where before I had to make a hasty retreat off the peak to escape the maelstrom.  Now I can just sit quietly and contemplate where I am and what is going on around me.   Of course, we come for the powder and we got it in amazing installments that delivered those treasured moments where TIME stops when one is enveloped in the Essence.  FullSizeRender-1This is my friend Mike getting some of the first deep deposits in South Chute early in the Season.  This shot shows how much and how early the conditions came to life.  This is what it is all about.    But, without the efforts of a lot of very dedicated people, access to this kind of terrain would not be happening as it does on a daily basis.  The folks who show up in the wee hours of the morning to begin preparations for the day make the operation of the hill seamless.   Thanks to the Patrol, who work so hard to get the hill ready for each day and are there to keep us safe all day.  Thanks to all the lift service folks who keep the machinery running like a Swiss watch.  Thanks to all of the food service folks who have provided the warmth of home when we need to recharge for more charging.  12654102_1114512875233730_4135044990335700385_nAnd finally, to the folks who left the Planet and our lives this Season.  Let  this image of “Number 1” be symbolic of all those who meant so much to all of us that live and breath this place.  They all will live in our hearts as we continue on Living The Dream.   I am fully engaged in the Dark Matter Wars and am working my way back to yet another Season that is rapidly approaching.  I hope you all have a great Summer and will be ready and refreshed for yet another encounter with the Essence in TIME.   I will be posting from time to time all Summer to keep you posted on the Summer festivities, so check back from time to time.   Remember: Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

CORN GOODNESS

5-29-16

Another delightful festival of corn goodness greeted the folks who showed up for the beautiful morning.  I made bee line for the lower Bassakward line to get the fresh tracks that waited there.  It was absolutely perfect deep sugar, that just felt exquisite with each deeply dialed in turn.  Higher up on the hill, the break was already happening, with the groomed lines offering sorbet quality.  I could not help but compare the conditions to some of the great back country corn I have had in the past. Here is a shot of Pipeline Bowl, with the Rasta Chutes looking fun and tasty.  DSC03859With the warm temps of the last couple of days, some of the lines that would usually be avoided have been attracting a lot of attention, as they are steep, direct, and quickly accessible.  Here is a shot of the high amplitude interference patterns along the Little Cloud Sign Line looking formidable indeed.  I liked the early morning Sun on the faces of this feature.  DSC03864The conditions held up the nice quality until around Noon, when it became a bit too thick for my knees.  I left the hill to the capable folks who were working every aspect of the available terrain.  Tomorrow, the snow is still holding up at the very bottom, and ski on access to the chair is no problem thanks to the fine snow farming efforts of the Cat Crew.  The weather promises to cooperate for the last day.  Conditions should be best for the first 3 hours or so, but the fun lasts all day.  See you for the morning session.  See the Line, Be the Line!!

BEAUTIFUL MORNING

5-28-16

It was a beautiful morning, with the snow just hitting perfect right off the bat.  Only Regulator needed an hour or so to get prime.  I worked a couple laps down low to get that Lower Bassakwards line that is always perfect and buffed, and this morning was no exception.  Up high, Mark Malu was also offering a sorbet feel and I was dialing back the roll to extract as much juice from each turn I could.  It had that back country quality that made me imagining I was out in the high reaches of White Pine.  Here is a shot of the Dead End Chute looking super PHAT!DSC03851The off trail was soft and workable, though the Rasta Chutes seemed a bit punchable, so I just stayed down lower and hit Hoopies just to check out the exposure.  Up on the top of the Little Cloud Chair, the view was incredible and friends were streaming by as I took it all in.  Here is a shot of Team Turville, with Toad Hill out in Mineral Basin as a back drop.  They were so stoked to be up here for the great conditions.  DSC03854Some folks are shooting a movie, so there are some tantalizing features being built, but they are not for local consumption.  Here is a shot of two guys putting the touches on a landing zone for a huge off the lip move.  I forget what the Movie they are making is called, but there should be some very big moves on these features.  We’ll just have to see. DSC03853Tomorrow, look for more great conditions, but we will have to see what the weather will offer for the morning session.  There is still plenty of snow to get to the bottom, with some creative snow farming being performed by the Cat Crew.  See you there for the opening bell.  Straight Ahead!!

SLEEPER SURPRISE

5-27-16

It was a murky morning as the clouds hung on the peak as the showers were moving  through.  Up on the hill, the folks who turned out were treated to a nice surprise as the clouds moved off and left Sun shinning on a very smooth snow surface, with a few inches of late Spring accumulation covering the goods.  There were rave reviews coming down about how good it was.  Jones Malone got this great shot of Regulator that is as good as it gets, just in a different type of perfect.  photo 2-2I was amazing how smooth the surface got in just the last week.  The folks who got the first of this were some of the luckiest folks of the season.    Here is a look into Mineral Basin that has incredible cover.  Needless to say, the conditions up on the hill will be very good for the morning session.  There is snow access all the way to the bottom and right on the chair.  20160527_101423Neil sent that last shot, and took this shot of the coiled old track cable that they will truck down this Summer. 20160527_125522  I am looking forward to this weekend, and hope to see you out there on the hill.  I think the weather will cooperated for the morning session, but the unstable air pattern is bound to send a couple impulses through.  Stay Frosty!!

STILL SNOWING

5-22-16

After a long week of dealing with the Dark Matter Wars that are continually on going, I was finally able to get up on the hill to make a few turns.  The snow was falling briskly as the first chairs were loading, and the visibility was not too bad to with some promising breaks in the clouds.   I went to the top of the Little Cloud chair, where I found the Groomers to be smooth and dialable, though the off trail was looking very difficult with the old frozen layer lying underneath the new accumulation.   Here is a shot of the snow falling as I made my way to the lifts. DSC03848 Over on Gad 2, the lines were much softer, with the lower elevations offering silky smooth sugar that felt sumptuous.  I was dialing in as many turns as possible to extract as much of the deluxe feel as I could get. The melt off has been significant during the last week despite the overcast that has hung on the hill every day.  Still, there was plenty of snow to ski right on the lift at the bottom.  There is still plenty of cover on the upper elevations, but we will have to wait and see what the week brings as far as melt off on the bottom.  I return to further missions in the Dark Matter Wars this week, where I will deal sternly with the encroaching Archonic forces that have been relentless in creating havoc in and around this Solar System.  No worries, as we are invincible and it is only a matter of TIME after all.  Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

WARM TEMPS.

5-14-16

Very warm temps. and bright Sun opened the day, with a full break on the pack, and the high West facing aspects still crispy to start.  Tenderizing effort had been employed on Regulator, but it still needed some time to soften up.  Gad 2 offered a fresh till on Gadzooks, that felt smooth and corny, with very well developed corn down lower on Lower Bassakwards that felt delightful on those first two runs.  Light traffic was happening for the first hour, but a lot of folks were showing up in droves after 10:00AM.  Here is a great shot of two folks who were styling some serious flair for the Spring conditions.  DSC03847Offerings off the Road to Provo were excellent, with the Rasta Chutes soft and playable, though they did get a bit worked yesterday, so the smoothness factor was missing.  When Regulator broke, the consistency was smooth and tasty, making numerous laps there the call before it went too far to the soft side.  On the lower mountain, the sticky factor was an issue, so staying up high was the call.  A couple of dry spots cropped up on the very lowest line on the hill, but there is plenty of room to bypass that small bit of melt off.  Still, coverage remains excellent top to bottom.  Tomorrow, look for some weather to be moving in as the High slides off and a Low approaches.  I hope to see the Sun for the morning session before the clouds build in, so we’ll see.  Warm temps. will be still in effect, so the pack will be soft to begin and not last long down low. See you there for the Spring turns.  See the Line, Be the Line!!

SORBET MORNING

5-13-16

Perfect sorbet was the feature of today’s offerings up on the hill, as the overnight temps only firmed up the pack instead of a full freeze.  Only the due West facing aspects were full on crispy, but the rest of the hill was perfect right to the top.  Here is a shot of Regulator taken from the top of the Gad 2 Chair where we found excellent turns down a freshly buffed Zooks.  DSC03844Warm morning temps. guaranteed that the goods were not going to last long, but that hard freeze on the high West facing aspects extended the quality past Noon.  Here is a shot of Zooks DSC03842which was as good as it gets, I don’t care what other kinds of perfect there are.  This offering, and the rest of the morning session, was as good as a powder day in terms of exquisite quality.  I was dialing back the roll to dial in maximum turns from each run, which I was pretending was hard earned back country corn.  Here is a  great shot of Jones Malone, who was digging theDSC03843goodness with me all morning long.  I have been skiing with him for 40 years now, and he skis better today than when he was a kid;  A full on ripper.  Mark Malu and the entire area accessed from the Road to Provo was also just off the charts great, with the off trail offering perfect consistency, which I found surprising.  I kept lapping those line combinations out there for the second part of the morning.  Regulator was the last to break which offered more perfect consistency for the early partakers.    Here is a shot of TEAM BEER, who were sampling the sorbet and champagne that was being served up today. DSC03846Tomorrow, look for another excellent morning of sorbet goodness, as the warming air temps. will not provide a hard freeze overnight.  Opening turns will be good to go and will offer the great conditions of today tomorrow.  Be there early to get the goods, as the lower elevations do not last long and get sticky around 10:30AM.  Coverage is excellent top to bottom, with no bare spots to be seen.  There is plenty of cover at the base elevation as well with no issues getting to the chair.  See you there early for the morning laps.  Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

STORMY DAY

5-08-16

A snowy day was on tap for the last day of the regular season.  Rain was pattering on the skin of the Trailer all night, and when I got up and looked at the Snow Cams on the Bird site I decided to pass on the day.  FB posts of the day looked very snowy and foggy, but spirits were high and the folks who were in attendance looked like they were having a good time.   Cold temps. made dressing for storm riding a must.  Yesterday, I was very under dressed, so I appreciated that a return to a Winter condition was in effect.  Here is a great shot of Dave and Ed sporting the image1spirit of the King on such a snowy day.  Great to see you rocking the snow in full regalia.  Thanks for such a great Crusty Fest last night.  I would give a word on tomorrow, but that will not happen as there is no lift service until  next Friday.  I will post going into the Weekend, but I have been called back into service fighting the Dark Matter Wars, which is ongoing, and which I had hoped not to be redeployed, but someone has to do it, so I will soldier on.   Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

SPRING SHOWERS

5-07-16

Temps. were fairly brisk as the early chairs were filled with the assembled early risers.  The pack was fairly crispy, especially above the mid mountain elevations.  Clouds were hugging the Twins, but the visibility was good, however there was a cold wind blowing that left me under dressed for sure.  I found a bit of a break below the Mid Mountain restaurant, and followed that line to the bottom, taking advantage of the low angle lines that had been ignored.  As the morning progressed, the festive feel began to arrive on the hill as well as more softening of the pack.  DSC03841Since the Tram was  not running, Lexi was on hand with here Red Tram cohort to keep the vibe alive.  I had made the morning laps and was waiting for the Skiing Elvi who were on the way.  DSC02889Here they are in full regalia, ready to take on the corn goodness that was waiting for them on the hill.  They are a great group of folks, who really get into the spirit of the season.  I forget how many seasons they have celebrated this tradition, but I always look forward to their arrival on the hill.  Rock On gang!!   Tomorrow, look for more unsettled weather.  The temps. have fallen in general in the past day, so I expect the pack to be fairly crispy to start off the day.  The pack is still holding up, with only the fringes becoming a bit thin, but the main runs are full on good to go.  I will have to look at the weather and decide about weather to make it up in the AM.  Stay Frosty!!