some days are better than others

February 2, 2009

That title would have been perfect for last week’s tour in Days fork, when Mark and I did multiple laps of Upper Days in a couple feet of 5% Utah smoke.

But it works for Saturday too.

Six guys, all from the same neighborhood, get up at 4:30 on a Saturday morning to hike up a hill just across the street from two world class ski resorts that have all sorts of fancy contraptions to get you to the top WITHOUT walking.

And yet, I think we got the better deal.

Mount Superior from the Church, we skinned to Pole Line Pass and as far along the ridge as we could, then booted to the summit. We dropped the north chute off the top, down into Cardiac Bowl, then lapped the sumbitch cuz it was so good. Then we skinned back up to the ridge and skied Little Superior down to the road.

It was, in a word, spectacular.

When the skinning got steep:

steep skinning

We switched to booting:

group almost top 

Which was also steep:

jon booting close

This is me. Do you think skis have changed much since you were a kid? I look like Buzz Lightyear, about to fall with style.

dug booting big skis

Mark ends his long nightmare (he’s not fond of exposure) and finally summits:

mark summiting good

Jon contemplates the entry:

mike or jon ready to ski

Rick trying to get the poster shot:

rick chute in sun 

Even the finishing south face was great. I feel like I stole something:

little superior from road

I crossed the road to Snowbird, met Kim and Holden, and skied till 4pm.

Some days are truly better than others.

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8 Responses to “some days are better than others”

  1. Rick S. Says:

    You are living the dream.

  2. Jonnie Says:

    One of those days that you WISH was groundhog day.

  3. mark Says:

    I dreamt I was skiing deep pow last night. Don’t know how that notion could have crept into my head. My only regret is that we didn’t do one more lap on cardiac bowl.

  4. KanyonKris Says:

    Rocket assisted ascent – you may have something there.

    That skiing looks fantastic. My beenie’s off to you guys.

  5. bikemike Says:

    were there any poop droppings on the snow, anywhere?

  6. fremont mike Says:

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  7. forgingahead Says:

    Wow. Really, is there anything more to say?

  8. bikemike Says:

    also, being from florida and not having much in the way of winter mountain and other worldly experiences, you could take just about all of those pictures and tell me you were about to summit Everest and i wouldn’t know the difference.

    Freaking incredible…again. i’m wondering if you’re using the same planet i’m using?


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