Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mo Wasatch

Just another pair of busy days in a small fluffy range in middle america...first three and last 6 images are copyright Andrew McLean, the rest are mine.

It was not just good skiing, but exceptional. About half a foot of new on top of a compressible consistent base which did not slide much. We did not ski very steep because of recent snowfall.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Way Back in the Wasatch

By far the best January in the Wasatch I've seen in a decade. The gear was fine. As Andrew says anything skis powder well. We both went big (99 mm and 105ish in the waist) and that was the way to go. It was actually about 5 to 10 inches of fresh on a soft, compressible base. Every day for over a week. Just about as good as it gets. And we took my 9 year old out for his first real backcountry skin and ski. His kit worked well too. Nice for $25 rear-entry Nordica boots and a nice setup of kid's Hagan and skins under small sized Fritchis and god did I mention the snow was great. I skied TLT lights on Denalis with T7s and Andrew is on new Scarpa Maestral's with Dynafit Verts (?) on BD Helio and seems very happy with their blizzard made fine finish skis. 

 Entering Brighton BC via Crest Lift 
Copyright Andrew McLean
 Andrew tells Toby about butter in hot coco on expeditions
Copyright Andrew McLean
  Hitting the skin track into Andrew's zone
Copyright Andrew McLean

 look at that 

  And he stripped Toby's skins and put them on. No, 9 year olds can't apply and remove their own ski skins. Yet.