The Suits from the East Coast contingent of FIS are out visiting the top level operatives of the Utah bureau for the annual inspection to determine if the office is deserving of a license for another year of service in the FIS Empire. The Suits got off the airplane looking extremely stern, and ready to inspect every nook-and-cranny of the Utah offices.
the suits of the east coast FIS offices

Luckily the Utah branch was ready for the visit, and immediately put its best ski-boot forward. The moment the Vermonters got off the airplane, the Utah team-members ushered the Vermonters straight up the mountain to The Pipeline. Before summiting however, due to the heat and the Vermonters having gone from sea-level to 10,000 feet in a matter of hours, the Vermonters needed to perform some unannounced inspections mid-mountain.

Boxers or briefs…OR BOXER BRIEFS?!
additional inspections

After passing that impromptu inspection, the crew continued climbing higher. The Vermonters gasped for air and baked in the Utah sun. They made it however, and at the summit, the East Coast contingent was downright spanked after nearly 4,000 feet of skinning at an elevation double anything they had encountered all winter back home. When they reached down to buckle their boots, the Vermonters almost passed out when their head (they share one to save weight) went below their hearts at 11,489 feet above sea-level. The Pipeline was looking glorious however, and it was a chute that just needed to be schussed; consciousness-be-damned. With spots in my eyes, I started out on the ridge above the chute…
Greg out on the ridge

…and then dropped in.
dropping in

A chute to the (skier’s) right, Ben demonstrated that the Utah bureau is likely deserving of an additional year of servitude in the FIS dominion.
Ben a ridge to the right

The inspections will continue for the rest of the week. Things look good for the Utah offices, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated right here on FIS.

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  1. MadPatSki
    wrote on May 18th, 2012 at 11:48 am  

    Damn…Great Gulf is looking damn good, was the road open? :)

    I’m sitting here ‘passportless’, they canceled my passport as it being renewed. The new one is going to be ready in two weeks, in time for…June.

  2. Rob Means
    wrote on May 18th, 2012 at 10:05 pm  

    Nice report. BTW The Mount Washington Auto Road is open to the summit starting at 8AM, Saturday May 19, 2012.

  3. Allen
    wrote on May 20th, 2012 at 10:48 pm  

    I think the PNW branch of FIS is long overdue for an inspection. No rush here though as our office stays open year round.

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