The weather was perfect this weekend for another Oktoberfest celebration at the Bird. I went up on both days to soak up as much of the festive feel as I could. Up on the peak The Summit facility was really going off with music, fun and delightful temps. at 11,000′. Here is the Pizza Makers getting ready to fire up the first pie of the day as well as some struddle that was waiting to go in the oven. The new T Shirt store is a great feature, with the official Snowbird Ski Patrol shirts available. They have all new styles for this season so check it out. Here is Nan, who has the best office view of anyone anywhere. Out on the deck, there was music and a full beer facility all set up. There are very comfortable chairs on which to lounge at high altitude, looking down on the Valley far below. Great people make places great and having so many amazing folks there to make the experience special is a real treat. Down on the Plaza I got this shot of Brittany and Gabriella inviting guests to enjoy lunch at the Forklift Restaurant, that has very nice patio dining. I particularly like the Chicken Pesto Sandwich, which I try to make, but never get it to taste as good as they serve at the Forklift. While it is still Summer, and the temps. in the Valley are still in the 90’s, I can’t help but think of the beach and the waves that break. Here is a shot of one of the cool throwing peaks I took last Winter. Here is another bomb that is breaking fast and hard, but oh so glassy!!While I was walking out for the day, I visited with my friend Kristen, who makes these organic hand made skin products with Hawaiian Lavender as well as other floral products. I tried it out and loved the feel. Check out her booth as you walk through the Gates it is right up front. Be sure to get up to the peak and enjoy the new facility and festivities that are happening there. I will be going up again next week, so say hi if you see me, and be sure to stay for the great music on Chickadee. Stay Frosty!!
This was the first weekend of this year’s Oktoberfest festivities. The Plaza was all set up with all the food stations and beer vendors. Celebrity circle was full of craft tents and more Local Breweries all set up. There was music on Chickadee and all the activities were in full swing. I took a Tram to the peak to check out the Summer time set up of the Summit at Hidden Peak. Here is a shot of Mark, the manager of the Summit, who was giving me the low down on all the offerings available on the peak. I was enjoying looking at all the terrain that we blaze over during the Winter, now looking verdant and lush even after all this hot dry weather we have been having. Here is a shot of the Lewis and Clark area that will be waiting for the first blistering runs when it gets covered. There was a real nip in the air on the peak, which felt great after the triple digit temps. we have beenliving with recently. The old Patrol Shack has been razed and the grade restored. There is a nice stone wall being built along the edge that will hold the snow on the peak. Here is a shot ofTwins with the stone wall creating a visual boarder. It is great to have the Summit complete and fully operational after all the time of construction. This is the first Summer of operation up there and I know it will be a real asset for the resort. I took this shot of Pipeline, framed by the upper portal on the West side of the Summit. With the arrival of Oktoberfest, we are now on the down hill side of time sliding into the Winter Season. It will not be long until the Tram is running up the brand new track cables, bringing the Faithful to the holy grail. It is fun to look down from the peak and imagine the lines and times that are to come in it’s due time. The best training is the inner visualizations that will unfold when the first turn is made. Speed Safely!!
We are in the middle of Deep Summer,with the heat pushing the upper levels. Time is moving like the LCC creek running at full volume in the Spring time, so I have been paying close attention to each day. When it gets this hot, I look back to the Mid Winter and the Angel Fire in the very cold atmosphere. Here, in the Deep Summer, the Chef’s vegetable garden is going full blast. I got this shot of one of his cabbages that was just geometrically stunning, with a lot going on in a small area. It has that full fractal element going on that is hypnotizing to me. Here is a great shot of THE CHEF, who tends this garden with such dedication. The Cool Air Concerts have been great all Summer, with Steve Kimock playing a stellar show that was a total surprise to have him be the Headliner. Here is a Bill Hughes shot, up close and personal. What a treat!!While visiting the Summit at Hidden Peek, I was hanging on the new East facing porch and took these two shots of Mineral Basin. It is such a vast area and if fun to anticipate the possibilities. Here, looking a bit closer, you get a sense of what we glide on so happily. Great terrain to push the imagings. I stop and try and hold these images going back into the Winter, which is not far away at all if you think about it. Another great person has left the planet suddenly, hiking in the hills he loved. I have never known anyone who packed more life into life, and radiated happiness. He will be missed. Here is a great shot of Rick Gardener hosting one of his great concerts at his cabin up in Big Cottonwood. I was really enjoying the new Peak facility, which has added a whole new PEAK experience. The old Patrol Shack was razed the other day, and now the vista will be unobstructed. My friend Neil got this shot when it was a done deal. Quite a difference indeed. It will be a whole new experience when you get off the Tram. New line possibilities will open up for sure. Now we enter the down hill slide into the new Season, which is fast approaching. The Dark Matter Wars continue, but are really a cakewalk with the proper perspective. Remember, Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!
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. The 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. They 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. It 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
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 corduroyexemplifies 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 shouldreflect 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 rareconditions 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. The 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. The 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 far 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. This 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. And 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!!
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. With 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. The 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!!
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!The 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. Some 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. Tomorrow, 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!!
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. I 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. Neil sent that last shot, and took this shot of the coiled old track cable that they will truck down this Summer. 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!!
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. 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!!
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. Offerings 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!!