Good report, but ..........

"I soon became worried about the road being closed in the afternoon"
No, no, no, you became HOPEFUL about the road being closed in the afternoon.

"I am too old to sleep on a hard cafeteria floor"
Dude, that's why Gawd gave us couches.

You need hut skiing - wake up, hit the outhouse, eat, gear up, click in, switch 
to transmit and get face shots right off of the deck with little or no 
competition for powder with your friends/new friends.

Still, provide reports.  Nearly a meter of new anywhere you go demands reporting 
for your SkiVt-L groupies.  My weekend SUCKED.  Just exactly where were you 
making turns? ............. or better yet, it was some secret place that you 
gained insider info to that the tourons can't figure out.  If that be the case, 
then ............... shhhhhhh .

Ya' gonna' try Solitude?

Mark P. Renson 

From: Denis Bogan <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sun, February 20, 2011 10:25:45 PM
Subject: [SKIVT-L] Alta today, 2/20

21" on the ground and still snowing hard this morning.  I was prepared for the 
day of my dreams. Big skis, Transceiver, shovel, probe, water, calories, etc.

Well, be careful what you wish for. I caught the late bus this morning, 8:00 
knowing that the road would be closed until 8:30 for avalanche control. Buses 
have priority so we were in the front of a 5 mile backup on UT210, the Little 
Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Still stopped on the rd. at 9 a snowbird employee riding 
with us got word on his electronic device that a test round after the main 
artillery barrage set off a new slide so it would be closed until 9:30 or later. 
When it did open it was very slow, either an accident or a moron who disregarded 
4x4 restrictions and couldn't get his 2 WD out of the way. Then there are all 
the tourists in 2WD rental cars who cannot simply turn around when told. They 
have to play 20 questions with the cop. (A large sign explains the restrictions 
in effect a mile before the canyon entrance.)

We got there at 11:30. Cars at the lodges were totally buried, at least I think 
they were cars. Nevertheless, my excitement was sky high. I went up for a test 
run, started down a reasonably steep face and when the grade backed off just a 
bit got stuck, and just as I came to a stop gently toppled over in the powder. 
I'm grateful to have had the crossed pole trick in my bag or I might still be 
there. It was my only fall of the day, but it was unbelievably hard work to ski 
the untracked snow. I am not a fast learner when my dreams are being disabused. 
I kept venturing into the deep. When momentum ran out it was incredibly hard to 
stride/pole/flail back to something groomed or tracked. Groomed means it was 
only 6" or so deep. Light was extremely flat so there was no seeing undulations. 

I picked up a handful of snow and blew it away as easy as a dandelion. The 
lightness meant that ones weight distribution had to be exactly 50/50 on each 
ski or the heavier one would bury itself. My ability to sense and correct this 
on the fly is normally very good. I love powder and ski it a lot. But this stuff 
was so light and so lacking in substance that the margin for error was extremely 
small. Flat light didn't help.

I soon became worried about the road being closed in the afternoon, and then 
about interlodge restriction. I am too old to sleep on a hard cafeteria floor, 
so I decided to ask a couple of lodges if they had a bed for the night. I asked 
at the Snowpine and the Goldminer's Daughter; nothing available. They said every 
lodge was completely booked. Exhausted and worried about interlodge, I caught 
the 2 PM bus down. The road closed at 2:30 and reopened at 5. I don't know if 
there was interlodge; the Canyon alert email system only tells you about the 
roads.   32" storm total now and still coming down.

Of course I'll be back tomorrow. It may be a repeat of today, or the snow may 
settle enough overnight to make for heavenly skiing. 

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