Archive for the ‘Snow Reports’ Category

SEASON PREVIEW

10-30-17

I used the August Eclipse as a time marker to make my reentry to the current time line, when I made my final escape from the on going Dark Matter Wars. I could no longer maintain the continuity of of Center. I am now back and ready to encounter a new season and by all indications, it is going to be a stellar one indeed. I have been looking at the long range forecasts and many of the more arcane indicators, which all seem to point solidly at a full dose of Essence. I went up to the hill the other day to check out the accumulation of the early September impulse. It has all melted off the direct aspects, but is still lurking on the High North aspects and will be there until it gets flushed out with the first dumps. New snow making has been added on sections of the hill, and a new Winch Cat has been added to the fleet, so we can expect some excellent Hydro Velvet offerings on the steep sections. The US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is offering a full season pass to Alta for the upcoming ’17/’18 season. The price for an Alta Pass is $1199, but this Tax Deductible contribution to the cause is being offered at $999. So for those of you that have not yet got your full boat pass for the season at Alta, here is your chance to get a sweet deal. Call Stacy at the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame at 719 362 6038. I will be posting more often now that we are getting close to the opening. I have got The Trailer all ready for the season in it’s spot adjacent to the horse corral, and I am looking forward to my special time with the critters. Stay Frosty!!

SEASON WRAP UP

6-25-17

I surfaced through the Quantum Foam after being held down under a huge long set of Gravity Waves, and only now have I been able to look back on the Season. This was the one that everyone was waiting for for years, and it delivered in many ways. The snow came early and began the stoke factor, and as the pack built up, the energy was telegraphed to the world. I had a great time getting those First Trams with the Morning Crew, finding fresh lines on the Groomers, side pockets, and full on Deep Days. The Grooming Crew did an amazing job working the hill as well as the Snow Makers that built up the base, making those rare steep winch cat lines amazing lap after lap. The Morning Forklift meeting were always a high light and a big thanks to the entire Forklift Crew for taking such good care of us. Here is a shot of a few of the stars. Here is a great shot of Brian Beck getting some of the fresh essence out in the Exotic Trees. These days were as good as it gets and there were plenty. I want to thank all those folks who make The Bird turn on a daily basis, The Patrol, Cat Crew, Snow Makers, and every one who works so hard to make each day special. I met a family on the Tram Deck one morning and spoke to them about where to go and what a great day they had ahead of them. Orest Ciolko enthusiastically read my reports every day and expressed how much they helped him. He passed away recently after a big bike ride and it made me really think about how tenuous our hold on each day really is. I treasure each day and all the folks who I meet and ski with. It is a pleasure to share the dream with so many people and I am always humbled by the outpouring of love I get from each and every person. Thanks for reading my posts and sharing in the experience of The Bird. ” Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!! PS. That is the shot of Brian Beck at the top of the post. OOPS on the publishing page, DOH!!

BREWFEST

6-11-17

It was the last day of the ski season and another big day of Brewfest, with tons of craft beers on tap for the Faithful. Up on the hill, there had been an overnight freeze and the early runs were very crispy and the West facing aspects were going to take quite a while to break.  I went looking for those aspects that saw the Sun earliest in the morning and found nicely softened corn goodness on steep lines that were a treat this late in the season.  Here is another shot I took today of the snake run that was etched into the pack during this weekend.  I like the way the Sun was setting up the shadows on the turns to give it that high relief.  The energy was high and everyone was having a good time, but I took another long traverse and did an Election line that was smooth and  silky smooth.  Tomorrow, I will be back fighting the Dark Matter Wars where there is increased pressure to advance the lines, so it will be a long Summer.  Look for a season wrap up in the next few days once I can gather together the threads of thought.  Enjoy The Summer and look for all the fun Summer events on tap at the Bird.  IBBY!!

HIGH WINDS

6-10-17

The faithful turned out in large numbers for this morning’s offering,  and the early risers got up the hill before the high winds put a hold on the Tram for a bit.  I took the occasion to ride the Forklift Chair for a nice breakfast while the wind settled down.  Up on the hill, no overnight freeze left the pack in a snowcone quality that made it fun and easy, but slow motion sliding.  I got this great long shot of the big snake run out off The Road To Provo.  Here is another view of this fun line taken from the Peak.  When I got to the Peak, there was plenty of snow and the bowls were looking good, but lower down on the hill the melt off was significant.  There was also a super high vibe going on.  Here are two avid readers of this site who were anxious to get out on the hill.  The temp of the peak was quite balmy, but the wind was gusting up now and again.  Tomorrow, look for another nice day, which will be the last day of the season.  It was a great season, and I had so many amazing days and stellar turns.  I will be doing a season wrap up one of these days soon, so keep an eye out for that.  There will be a lot of pressure for the goods, so get there early to get up on the hill ASAP.  See you there for the morning fun.   Speed Safely!!

CORN FEELING

6-03-17

After a long week of melt off, the high elevations still have a lot of snow, but Mineral Basin was hit hard and did not open for this weekend.  The Little Cloud Chair was the main access for the goods that were offering that corn feeling.  I made the 9 AM Tram and stayed up high working the aspects that were looking at the Sun first. Lines I have avoided for the most part all season, were now offering steep smooth terrain that kept me turning and holding the line with dialable consistency that felt back country good.  Here is a shot of The Hanging Chute with the cornice hanging strong on the highest ridge on Twins.   There were a lot of folks on the hill, but they just did not seem to be looking too far afield, leaving those outside lines untouched and vacant.  There was a nice GS course set up for training and this shot give an interesting perspective on just how steep upper Mark Malu really is.  Lower on the mountain, the exit is getting very thin, and the Bass Highway requires a bit of walking to traverse the melted off sections.  The sticky factor was really hitting the lower sections hard, and you need to keep that in mind if you don’t want to go over the handle bars.  It is best to stay up high, but both sides of the hill are considered back country and there is marginal grooming.  On the Peruvian side of the hill there are quite long walks required, however there are still lines that make the effort worth while.  Tomorrow, look for a similar timing on the break.  I expect the early hour to be a tad crispy, but softening will be quick to occur.  There is great fun to be had, and look for some of those off the beaten path lines that will reward you with some real treasure turns if you are paying attention.  In closing, here is a great shot of The BLISS BROTHERS getting ready for another lap just as the band was getting started on the Plaza.  These two get more out of a day than most anyone I know, and it is fun to share the stoke.  See you there for more great Spring festivities.  Dial it up, Dial it IN!!

MEMORIAL DAY

5-29-17

The day was a blue bird Memorial Day with not a cloud in the sky and great corn goodness going off right out of the Chute.  Mineral was offering nice lines and the Peruvian Gulch was off and running as well, but the Gad Valley would need a little while to hit the sorbet window. Light traffic made back to back Trams easy to make, to take advantage of the big vertical on the front of the hill that was as good as it gets.  There are different types of perfect, but perfect is perfect and you have to savor perfection when you have it all to yourself.  Here is a great shot of Lori Bob and Lori putting it together for runs in the back bowl. The vibe was high all over, and it such a treat to share it all with close friends that have stood the test of time.  Regulator and The Road To Provo began to break, offering some righteous turning when the pack hit the sorbet window. Those pitches make you feel like a hero, with quality that makes each turn a treat.  I kept lapping the Little Cloud Chair to keep the goods close and handy, as lower down on the hill the pack was getting sticky.  More great festivities were happening on the Plaza and there were plenty of folks taking in the ambience.  I will be returning to the Dark Matter Wars once again, but I will return for next weekend’s offerings.  Stay Frosty!!

MAGIC MORNING

5-28-17

It was a magic morning with the corn offerings going off right from the start. Regulator was going to take until after 11 AM to get just right, but in the mean time, Mineral Basin and Peruvian Gulch were good to go.  I went off with the Morning Crew to check out a side shot of perfect corn. Here is the shot with Living the Dream as good as it gets.  Peruvian Gulch was going off early, with a sorbet window that was wide open and perfect.  This was just the corn version of perfect powder.   Here is a shot of Anderson’s as smooth as can be.When the Gad side of the hill hit the money, Regulator was just amazing, with great granular turns that let you express your inner Ligety.   Any variation in the turn was rewarded with response and accuracy.  Down on the Plaza, music was a feature and great food at the Forklift Patio was the perfect place to enjoy the day.  Here are two very special folks who had the right idea.  Tomorrow, look for more great corn offerings as there will be another overnight freeze.  Mineral Basin will be going off first as usual, but don’t forget to check out the Peruvian Gulch for readiness as it should go off fast.  The hill is well covered top to bottom, but the lower elevations do get quite sticky later in the morning, making those long cat tracks kind of a slog.  See you there for the morning fun.  See the Line, BE the Line!!

GREAT CORN

5-27-17

An overnight freeze set the Bird up for great corn today.  Balmy temps. on the peak and bright Sun working Mineral Basin made the  turns soft and creamy from the word GO.  I was sticking with the groomed lines, but after the pack broke, I put down a line on a one day old grooming line on Lone Star that just screamed back country goodness.  On the front of the hill, it was breaking later, with smooth sorbet lines top to bottom if you held on the illuminated aspects that were responding to the Sun.   There was high excitement with everyone getting stoked on the goods.  Here is a shot of the high spirits with Pipeline framing the fun. The quality held up with Regulator and The Road To Provo finishing the break after Noon.  All these lines felt like great back country conditions.  Tomorrow, look for more great corn to be on tap from the opening bell.  Cold overnight temps. will make the first runs a bit crispy, but the Sun will be working it early.  I will be rolling in again for a 9 AM Tram, as I know it will be prime time for the morning session, and I get to sleep in a bit.  Here is a shot looking up at Baldy Bowl with all that corn filling in the high country. There is that much snow up in the higher elevations, so cover is great all over the hill.  See you there for the amazing corn extravaganza and fun music on the Plaza in the afternoon.  Don’t Forget To SIZZLE!!

SOGGY MORNING

5-21-17

I thought for sure the stormy weather would have held off till later in the day….. But NO!  It was raining buckets here at The Trailer when I started to get ready to roll, so I went back to the rack to sleep in a bit more.  Up on the hill, heavy wet snow was falling with stout wind on the peak.  Reports coming down were still enthusiastic with the freshness, but the quality fell off rapidly toward the bottom.  Here is a shot of Pipeline looking fat and fun in the high elevations, taken from the Road to Provo.  The weather is predicted to warm up this week, but there is still plenty of cover and the Holiday weekend will be another fun time.  I will be returning to the Dark Matter Wars once again, but I will get back for the festivities.  Be well, party on and remember…… Sryup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

SUPER BLUE

5-20-17

It was a super blue bird morning, with ultra blue skies and cool temps. to start out the day.  There were a lot of folks already on the hill when I made the 9 AM Tram, as the lifts opened at 8AM.  With the cold temps., Mineral Basin was the first to offer the goods, and things were just starting to break at 9 AM when I first hit it.  Here is a shot of White Diamonds looking smoothand fast, as indeed it was.  Lower Silver Dipper was just hitting the sorbet stage early on and the Sun was working the hill rapidly.  You can get a sense of the ultra blue color of the sky here as well.  On the front of the hill, extensive industrial smoothing had been performed, and it was good to got top to bottom, with a corn feel that was just a delight.  The Gad side of the hill was going to take a while to break.  Down on the Plaza, there was a huge gathering of the Jortski vibration that was just what a day like today was made for. Here is a shot of the fun group.  They were all having such a great time, and it was only going to become more so when they took to the hill.  The temps. had risen markedly when they made their first Tram, so it was perfect. Here is a classic shot of Lexi sporting the Blue Tram jorts as only she can.  Tomorrow, look for more great Spring conditions, with Mineral Basin offering the first softening of the day.  I will be rolling in again for the 9AM slot, just to keep it real. Look for great Grooming on all sided of the hill, but the off trail is a fair bit tricky after all the temperature variations of the past  couple of days.  There is plenty of snow top to bottom, with no issues with rocks, with the exception of a few pebbles here and there in the Cat Track.  See you there for the Spring fun.  Don’t Forget To SIZZLE!!