Storm Riding For Dummies

After a month of no precipitation and bluebird day after bluebird day Mother Nature seems like she’s trying to make up for lost time. I love storm riding, but it isn’t super conducive for pictures… Oh well, we’ll make due with what we have. Took a few car laps, the north side of the pass is nice, but the south side is a rock field still. Then toured up to Moonlight Bowl where we knew there was a solid base from a few weeks ago. Couldn’t get up into the steeper stuff because there was no visibility above tree line but I think we still did okay for ourselves.

Dodge Above the Aquaduct

Diesel Encrusted Betsy in Moonlight Bowl Betsy and Diesel on the Aquaduct

Side Note: Heard a lot of people bitching about how bad the skiing is and either how rocky it is “everywhere” or how tracked out it is “everywhere”. A couple words of wisdom to people of this mindset… After the November that we had it’s a miracle that things are skiing as well as they are. 10 days ago almost everything south facing was bare ground, don’t expect to find much base on anything south facing. We found first tracks after 12 pm on two of the three shop chutes which are both a 30 second walk from the parking lot, so if you think things are tracked out you aren’t looking hard enough… There is lots of good skiing to be had now, it just requires a little hike, and some common sense.  But, even if you have a bad day touring in the end it cost you nothing (maybe the price of a quarter tank of gas) and you spent a day outside on skis.

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  1. Posted December 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Nice! Looking SOOO much better than a week or two ago. Looking forward to finals being over so I can go enjoy some of the love from this week.

    • Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, after Wednesday things should be pretty well covered. Just be careful, that layer from 6 weeks ago is still down there under everything.

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