Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Snowchasing Utah!!!

We finally took a second day off on the 25th since we started. This was the last day out west with Jeff so we looked around for snow. January has been fairly dry in British Columbia, and we were starting to be tired of chasing the snow inches by inches!!!

So after looking at the weather forecast for the next week, we realized that there was a storm coming from California that was supposed to hit Utah on the 27th with 1-4 feet of snow. The decision was made kind of quickly: we ditched Jeff in a cheap motel in Golden (so sorry for that......!!!) and started driving straight south for the 15 hours drive.

We stopped in Fernie to check the backcountry around Tunnel Mountain so that we would not loose a day of skiing, but it was so bad that we decided to cut it short and keep driving. We finally arrived in Salt Lake at 5AM and had a short nap in a parking lot.

The storm was delayed by one day. So we had a day in the backcountry around Grizzly Gulch. It was really windy out there with steady winds of 30-40 mph and gust of 90mph!!! So windy that on our way back, Alexis felt while skinning. After I stopped laughing, I asked him the camera since I realized he cut his nose with the tip of his ski (thanks to the O1 free pivot).....

We were afraid that they might close the Little Cottonwood road, so we made a no-brainer and slept in the parking. The next morning, we were blessed: 12 inches of snow has fallen overnight, it was still snowing hard and........ the road was CLOSED!!!!!

For those who don't know, there's not much condos around Alta, only one road that get you there and not much accommodation available. Only 50 cars in the parking lot...

So here we are in a resort full of snow with...... pretty much no one. At the beginning of the day, we rushed to make sure we were going to have fresh tracks. The snow was great and we had freshies! After a little while, we realized that it was going to be pretty much freshies all day for everyone!!! So we skied non-stop from the opening till the closure. It was for sure one of our best day in a resort ever!!!!

No pics for that epic day since we were to busy skiing..... We only got that one for the record: a hard day of work!

There was another 4 inches to top that snow overnight so we ripped it all day.....

For tomorrow, there are expecting an other 12-15 inches of snow. I don't know what you are doing but whatever it is drop it and come skiing here right now.... or leave it all to us ;)


1 comment:

Comodore Marchette said...

Maudits gros jambons sales!

Fallait que ça arrive le lendemain de mon départ...

On se reprendra l'année prochaine.