|Bluebird and stoked! (Rider: Todd Robertson Photo by: Steve W Weiss)|
|You normally would not see a yellow cloud over the city, but you know, a city. (view from Little Cottonwood Canyon)|
December 31, 2012 -Fortunately with the #OmniTen coming in, I had motivation to get a pass to Solitude and shred the place I haven't been in a year. The temperatures were still, what I would call frigid, but the snow was good. Pretty tracked out since we hadn't got much snow in a week but there were pockets here and there in the trees that helped suppress my powder-fever that I developed while in Ohio for the holidays.
|Slaying Solitude. (photo by Will Rochfort)|
January 1, 2013 -
|Red is uphill, blue downhill. (Map courtesy of Wasatch Backcountry Skiing)|
|Todd setting up for the first run down. (Photo by: Steve W Weiss)|
The hike back up was another 2 hours and forced us both out of our splitboards and to switch to boot packing. The front side was surprisingly fun too; corned snow a plenty with a half inch thick of crust that our boards just crushed through to the fresh pow under. Finishing into the parking lot of Alta, a string of aspen trees opened up some untouched turns as well. I was surprised because that area is usually flooded with turns as it's the main exit to any backcountry tour at Alta.
Smiles. High-fives. Plans to do it again already. I promise I will do my best to not have too much fun again...
Photos from Solitude:
Photos from the backcountry tour at Alta:
|Our skinning track and not a cloud in the sky. (Superior in the back)|
|A baby cornice. You can see the top layer of snow slowly compressing together in the sun.|