day of days

January 27, 2009

I know, I know, that was D Day. Whatever.

Today was Day of Days. We got 3 feet of snow this weekend, it came in very warm and wet (in fact, beginning with rain), then gradually got colder and colder, resulting in a well bonded, right-side up layer cake of stable snow topped by a delicious frosting of 5% Utah Smoke.

It’s worth the risk of getting into work a couple hours late.

So me, Rick S, his doppleganger Rob, Mark, and newbie/neighbor Mike did the usual meet at the mouth of the canyon at 5:30 (yup, AM), and we were hiking by 6. As we pulled over at the parking area by Alta ski area, across the street from Our Lady of Snows church, we quickly realized that the first bluebird day following a 3 foot dump was going to bring out the masses. I’ve never seen so many cars at the trailhead at 6am (when it’s still pretty much dark, and would be for another hour). We could see a trail of headlamps making its way up the mountain like some kind of religious processional.

Turns out, that was a good thing, because breaking trail in 3 feet of snow is really hard, and this trail of hikers had created a freeway for us to follow.

Rick and Rob, at the Flagstaff ridge as the sun comes up:

rick summit sunrise

Course, Rick S and Rob and Mike were too chicken to tempt fate and their respective bosses, and passed on dropping the north side, and settled for the powdery goodness of the south side.

Mike, dropping in for his first ever backcountry powder feast:

mike days south close

Mark and I do not fear THE MAN, and so we dropped the north side for a few laps.

Mark, showing how there’s room enough for all, even when everybody’s out:

mark deep days

Me, crossing the border between light and dark:

dug days sun line

Me, showing my fancy rocker tips:

dug days close

And more me, because this is MY blog:

dug days powder

Mark, showing off reason number 10 why skiers should NOT have a beard and mustache (you don’t want a close up of that pic):

mark snow beard 

Someone afterward claimed that this was the best day of the season so far. That same someone went on to claim this was a top five day of all time. Maybe top three.

But when that same someone made that same claim to his wife, his wife quickly countered “It’s like sex–you don’t have to rank it. It’s all good.”

Which is good advice, really.

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11 Responses to “day of days”

  1. steveA Says:

    SWEET!!!! The wife and kids took advantage of some low utah ski rates for “learn to ski month” and went last Saturday to Deer Valley and have been trying to get me up there to get the bug back to go skiing. This blog almost got me going. Then I looked at the check book
    😦 maybe next year.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    The meeting I had to get back for might turn out to be a deal that will more than pay for some sweet rocker tip skis before the end of the season.

    It was hard to leave early. Looks like you guys had a good time playing in the smoke.

  3. mark Says:

    Wish we could do this every day, but the stars only align so often. Thanks for sticking it to the man and staying out with me.

  4. Rob Says:

    I know you tried to convince us to stay but quit giving up so early…with 20/20 hindsight, staying was the correct choice.

  5. KanyonKris Says:

    Good to hear about you guys enjoying the new snow. Excellent photos.

  6. MOCougFan Says:

    Forgive my ignorance. I love to snowshoe. Are you guys shoeing up to the top and then skiing down, or are those different kinds of ski’s? I know I’m an idiot. If you climb up with ski’s I’d love to try it.

  7. dug Says:

    rob, nope. don’t make me beg. also, don’t tell the man.

    mocougfan, it’s like this. we climb on skis, by skinning. skinning is when you put “climbing skins” on the bottoms of your skis (they hook onto the tip, and clasp around the tail, and have adhesive glue on bottom to stick to the ski, and glide when you slide them forward, and stick when you try to move them back), and with your heel free (thanks to alpine touring, or AT bindings, you walk up the mountain. you take the skins off when you get to the top, and if you’re normal, you lock your heel in. if you’re twisted, you ski with your heel free.

  8. MOCougFan Says:

    Thanks for the explanation dug. Gonna have to try that next winter when I come out. That looks rediculously cool.

  9. bradk Says:

    You guys don’t rank sex? I’m sure you gave me the idea for the rotating top 5 chalk board in the bedroom. Right?

  10. BurkeInTheOzarks Says:

    It’s great that your wife, I mean, “someone’s” wife, has that attitude about sex. However, the truth is, sex is NOT all good and is VERY rank-able. I bet we can all name our top 5 without too much thought…maybe it’s a guy thing.

  11. forgingahead Says:

    Smart wife!

    Gorgeous looking day…you guys rock.


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