A Few Chilly Days Skiing

The mercury has fallen out the bottom of the thermometer here in Utah in early December. Kinda reminds me of Wyoming, or Alaska, which must mean it’s simply good training for these colder environments.

Anyway, the snowpack underwhelms yet again.. It used to be too thin before this latest round of storms. Now, we’ve got some snow, but it’s largely unstable. Onwards we march, hoping Ullr does something to sort out the mess. Stay sharp out there!

A blizzard. Such a beautiful sight.

A blizzard. Such a beautiful sight.

It's been a great week to look like a potential bank robber..

It’s been a great week to look like a potential bank robber during transitions..

Impersonating John Dillinger. Pic by Brad Gannon.

John Dillinger impersonation. Pic by Brad Gannon.

About to get 'busted.'

About to get ‘busted’ during a night skiing run.

Kinda looked like a war zone down there.

Kinda looked like a war zone down there.

-9 when we left the car. It didn't warm up any as we ascended, and night fell further... Pic by J-Bo.

-9°F when we left the car. It didn’t warm up any as we ascended, and night fell further. When in doubt, wear many, many layers, a balaclava, AND a hat. Then you can smile through it, too. Pic by J-Bo.

Checking for white nose syndrome. None, fortunately.

Checking for white nose syndrome, one of the first signs of frostbite. None, fortunately.

Sometimes deep trail breaking can keep you a bit warmer.

Sometimes deep trail breaking can keep you a bit warmer. We did our part.

On the run-in to a triple cork dub nose grab. Grabbed my ear instead, but since it was cold, I held on for a while...

On the run-in to a triple cork dub nose grab. Missed, and grabbed my ear instead, but since it was cold, I held on for a while…

Tree-alanches were a theme on this one..

Tree-alanches were a theme on this one..

Occasionally, we even ski..!

Occasionally, we even ski..!

This slope was a no-go. Checked it out and got the news up close and personal.

This slope was a no-go. Checked it out and got the news up close and personal.

Sometimes a pretty reward besides knee deep untracked.

Sometimes a pretty reward besides knee deep untracked.

4 Responses to “A Few Chilly Days Skiing”


  • Hey, I was just wondering if that was your friend Slash who made national news skiing in Grizzly Gulch.

  • Backcountry Skier – Slash has her own website and social media outreach, all of which contain her contact info. It would be more appropriate for you to ask her yourself (than to ask me), and see if she entertains a question from someone hiding behind an anonymous handle.

  • I’m going to assume from your aggressive response that yes, it was her. Thanks

  • That would be a pretty poor assumption, Joe. But thanks for using your name, ‘Joe Montana.’

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