Been on the run for a month or more, climbing, night skiing, etc. etc. Here are some photos:
The skiing in the Wasatch has been pretty marginal lately, great days followed by long stretches of really warm weather, which has put a damper on my winter attitude. Being unwilling to "get after it" I headed down to the creek with my silent partner for some solo practice.
Took me a little while to put up supercrack (I'll play the lack of partner card)
Lobo was there for moral support
Another easy 9 turned hard due to the whole "soloing business"
Driving into work on MLK day had me fixated on the mountains (as usual) and I couldn't help but notice the western slopes of Grandeur looking quite filled in. Against my better judgement I rounded up a partner to go see just how filled in they actually were. Tom Goth referred to this as novelty skiing which given the conditions I figured was all we were going to encounter, Turns out Grandeur is quite surprising when skied and held everything from good powder to steep turns, making Mark and I quite reluctant that we "forgot" our shovels. Several years ago I skied it in February right after a foot fell in the valley, it wasn't quite that good but still pretty good.
Novelty skiing...more like mashed tater powder turns at 8K
The sun peaked put for our second run
The west face was a mixed bag of dense powder, slush, and crusty sections.