tanners again

May 6, 2013

Tanners is maybe my favorite chute in Little Cottonwood Canyon. And even though it’s been a crappy snow year, Tanners skied like butter, totally filled, creamy corn, and the approach was as good as I’ve ever seen it.

Also Steve almost died.

I’ve taken some heat for taking noobs on difficult hikes. (Difficult for normal people–not for those supermen who bag 10 peaks a day in tights.) But Steve snowboards and doesn’t have a splitboard, so a straight-up booter like Tanners is perfect. I mean, sure, it’s 4,000 feet of vertical, and the skiing is a touch steep at the top. But mostly it’s a straightforward endeavor.

Apart from over turning a bit on his first backcountry turn ever and then sliding and tomahawking about a quarter mile down the upper chute, Steve totally nailed it. And he says he wants to go again. So win/win.

Some pics, then a video.

Hobear negotiating the water hazard

Hobear negotiating the water hazard

Rob n Steve enjoying finally reaching the sun.

Rob n Steve enjoying finally reaching the sun.

Hobear says it's getting steep

Hobear says it’s getting steep

It's definitely getting steep

It’s definitely getting steep

Crawling the last 10 of 4,000 feet.

Crawling the last 10 of 4,000 feet.

Hobear ripping the first of 4,000 feet

Hobear ripping the first of 4,000 feet

Me enjoying a bit of the picturesque ridge

Me enjoying a bit of the picturesque ridge

Me n Hobear enjoying the sun

Me n Hobear enjoying the sun

I think one more time before we’re done this year.

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11 Responses to “tanners again”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Cool video, Doug!

  2. kanyonkris Says:

    Good stuff. Steve’s tumble made me clench. Looked like good skiing/riding below the upper chute.

    • dug Says:

      kris, good skiing from the top. long as we stayed where the sun had hit, we had butter all the way top to bottom. steve just over corrected and hit some debris.

  3. Marion Says:

    I saw this on a blog – http://yougottobekidding.wordpress.com/page/13/ – and thought of you. HA


  4. Yo dug, ol Kurt says to plug it. He said you’d know what I mean.Anyways, sweet hike man!

  5. Kristina Says:

    Did you go up the ‘one more time’ this year and not make it back?!

  6. Kyle Says:

    Dude, no posts in an eternity. I miss the pics of weird bathroom setups, as I too am fascinated with scatological humor. Thank goodness for all the weird Sochi toilet pics (real or fake)- they are filling a “dug void.” Take care of yourself. By the way, I had a blog once (my wife is kind of a big deal blogger, and she convinced me to start one). I realized that I have about 12 funny stories, and after that, crickets. I’m a mile wide and an inch deep when it comes to having an interesting online personality.

  7. Maricruz Says:

    Not many of social medias are as elegant and closely knit as private forums.
    There is a diverse array of blogs, many with high PR that are willing to pay other bloggers to provide well-written content.

  8. Wendy Phillips Says:

    Dug – missing your blogs. Any new updates?


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