When I used to live at Foothill Place Apartments I always had this lingering question as to how far I’d have to walk to ski reasonable powder. Originally, my assumption was Granduer, which I skied in fat powder conditions from summit to parking lot on Presidents Day 2011 and in springy conditions back in April of 2010 when I first came to Salt Lake. Well, now that I’ve moved to Midvale I guess it would be a direct line to Broads Fork Twin Peaks but that’s beyond the point. I’ve always been curious if any of the foothills directly north of I-80 skied well…
Well after school was cancelled on Friday, (well normal school…graduate school [slavery] was not cancelled but to avoid getting stuck I assumed one shortened day wouldn’t hurt) I was more concerned with getting home safely than the conditions of the foothills. Besides they never skied, at least as far as I know. So Chesy and I woke up on Saturday, skinned to the ridge on Flagstaff, and descended in reasonable conditions (8-12 inches of Powder on top of a stout crust). Well a short trip to work on Saturday revealed a plethora of already skied lines; ones which I thought never existed.
Chesy skinning up Flagstaff
On the untracked descent
So I hustled through my reactions and sped home with excitement and the intent to go as early as possible on Sunday but I couldn’t resist testing the water that day so Nak and I skied directly above the ridge by H-rock.
The other girl I bring along
On Sunday as I was driving to the Mt. Wire Red Butte Gardens areas I spotted a line right at the Junction of I-80 and 215. I couldn’t resist…how cool would it be to lay down tracks that everyone on the highways could see? Not to mention ski something that rarely, if ever, has been skied.
Putting in the skin track right next to I-80
My morning accompaniment notice the pointy eared coyote? in the middle right
Nice skinner guys
My afternoon accompaniment
Who say's dogs can't smile?
Chesy giving it her best shot to not hit any rocks
The exit both for the skin track and the highway