Inspection Week: Backside in Depth

By:  Greg
May 31, 2012 11:51 am | Category: Quick Update, Skiing, Summer

And now The Suits will continue their report on the Inspection Week of the Utah Bureau of the FIS. For this aspect of the inspection The Suits went in depth into the Utah Bureau’s knowledge of Backside, a region of Alta Ski Area. The inspection began with a simple question:

The Garlic...Not
(use your MagicEye skills to get a 3D effect)

Apparently it’s called “The Garlic…Not.” Apparently it’s also a nicthe-nichte when the ski resort is open.

Lucky for us (and especially for Christian, FIS’ resident snowboarding virtuoso), The Ski Lifts Company was closed, and so an hour later we were standing on top of what we thought was the same chute we saw from the parking lot. Gulp…
is this the same chute

Statistically speaking we were 95% confident it had to be the same line, and so Ben led the way (actually Porter went first, but I didn’t have the camera going).
95 percent confidence interval

The 95 percent confidence interval was almost too tight for my skis to fit through the crux.
too tight to fit?

too tight to fit?

But in the end we made it through smiling and high fiving.
smiling and high fiving

smiling and high fiving

For Christian, the chute wasn’t nearly as exciting because he was riding a 158cm board… it was basically cheating.
smiling and high fiving

Anyway, have fun with summer, and thanks for checking in on FIS! Inspection Week concludes next week with a review of the performance of the Utah Bureau during the solar eclipse and in finding and schussing some more tight chutes!

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  1. Dave S
    wrote on May 31st, 2012 at 4:23 pm  

    Nice…it appears my final winter 2011-2012 TR fix from the FIS crew is now complete. I ended my season at Jay on 5-11-12. As I skied one last line down Haynes for the Spring, I still knew the season wouldn’t be officially over until you guys got the last word. We’ll see ya in the Hills in October for some early season sliding! Peace-D

    • Greg
      wrote on May 31st, 2012 at 4:25 pm  

      haha! We’re not done yet… might be a silly patch schuss or two left in us here on the East Coast..

      PS way to get after it on 5.11… DANG!

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