Some people take a while to convert to Dynafit bindings for backcountry travel; I took about two years to convert to merino wool insulating layers from my polyester layers. Somewhere along the way I heard about wool making a comeback, and remembered itching my way (warmly) through the skiing of my youth in wool. ‘But this new generation of wool is not itchy,’ it was proclaimed about this new stuff. I had to know more.
Monthly Archive for April, 2010
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Once again fighting off the thick crowds in the Wasatch, this time from the popular and overcrowded White Pine trailhead parking area, I managed to squeeze my way through the throng to ski a line I’ve been eyeing up for about a year.
Seriously though, having transplanted to SLC from a town of about 10,000 folks, I’m continually amazed that excellent skiing can be had here with minimal crowding, despite the proximity to about 1 million people Continue reading ‘Perfect Pow in the Wasatch’
During February’s portion of the inauspicious Utah winter avalanche cycle of 09/10, I got an e-mail from a friend letting me know that one of his Norwegian friends, plus his girlfriend, were stateside and heading from Jackson Hole down to Salt Lake as part of their vacation. It was intimated that I could take them out for a tour in the Wasatch if I was agreeable. Usually amenable to such endeavors – particularly when they involve foreign cultures, and curious if the legends I’d occasionally heard Continue reading ‘True Powder Technicians – Norwegian Style’
Things in the Wasatch start heating up pretty fast each day by the time April rolls around, so timing the corn cycle is important on all aspects, particularly South facing lines. This in mind, I met up with John Maxey at 5:45 to head to Tanners. We headed up the LCC road, were skinning by 6 a.m., and as it turned out, it was a little frigid this particular morning. I never took my coat off, which is an uncommon occurrence.
We arrived at the top, hacking our way Continue reading ‘Skiing Tanner’s, with laughter’