Occidental Powder

By:  Greg
December 20, 2010


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Of course we had to take a second lap. Kristin led the charge.
Kristin on Lap 2

I won’t lie. There were some really gnarly rocks under the surface, and we tagged the heck out of them. My skis look like swiss cheese, but I’m perfectly happy to make the sacrifice. Not to mention, we’ve had plenty of practice skiing the stones over in VTah.
Lap 2

Worth every stone we hit.
Lap 2

Heck. I’d be willing to hit even more stones to get a repeat of this high-quality accidental powder.
Lap 2

That’s all folks! We hope to see you out in the mountains soon. Explore, be safe, and have fun! If you like our pictures, and/or need a gift for someone who likes skiing, we have a 2011 Wall Calendar for sale. Thanks for reading FIS!
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23 Comments

  1. tsctwh
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 9:09 am  
    1

    Great TR!
    Things are shaping up nicely it seems.
    Those are some killer freakin photos

    Keep up the good work FIS!

    • Greg
      wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 9:29 am  
      2

      yeah things are definitely coming together. I’d not recommend bringing any shiny new boards out just yet… but there’s some nice snowfields to be had for folks who are eager…

      then again, Austin told me there were nice snowfields to be had for eager folks back in October too!!

      You get what you pay for I’d say… :D

  2. K_C
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 9:24 am  
    3

    Whoa! Nice summary of an unforgettable day. It’s not everyday the elements line up for a tour like that.

  3. Brice
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 9:38 am  
    4

    Hey Guys! I’m one of the three PA readers who crossed paths with you guys heading up yesterday! Thanks again to Noah for the helpful info and just being so darn swell! Amazing shots you guys have…we stayed relatively close to the cog; especially once we got to the treeline, and found zero rocks past Jacobs Ladder…incredibly lucky day yesterday!

    • K_C
      wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 9:46 am  
      5

      Awesome, nice running into you guys – you picked a nice day to be up there!

  4. MIcky O (ILOVE2SKI)
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 10:09 am  
    6

    Sweet TR as always guys. Looks like some nice snow up there

  5. Ben
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 10:14 am  
    7

    Looks beautiful!!! I love undercast…

  6. stuckinjersey
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 12:37 pm  
    8

    Great shots, love the charging the clouds shot. Whom knew bretton woods has so much alpine terrain. Thanks for the work day delusions!!

  7. natron
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 3:29 pm  
    10

    Well played!! Occidental powder, a hut with an obvious name and perfect pix!

  8. icelanticskier
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 5:40 pm  
    11

    great photos!

    undercast is very cool. pinkham in the a.m again tomorrow. left g t2b was deluxe today. stable and soft.

    rog

    • Greg
      wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 11:16 pm  
      12

      nice dood! saw your report! ripping!

      wish i could have made today. was hoping tomorrow would stay less spicy, but with VT coming back online, and with me being scared and all of NH when the license plates have yet to even think about turning green yet… i’m going to pass on tomorrow.

      shred some for me dude. i’ll be in touch about next week. i think natron’s chomping at the bit too

  9. bushman
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 7:57 pm  
    13

    Ullr looked with favor you: sun, no wind, clouds stayed low, snow mostly covering rocks and unstiffened, no injuries, and great photos as usual. Been there, that’s a lot of work. Thanks for sharing the trip.

    • Greg
      wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 11:14 pm  
      14

      thanks bushman. alot of work indeed. my muscles are still reeling. sore but satisfied right here…

      Ullr gave and we were willing to accept. It’s the way of our world my friend ;)

  10. Peter
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 8:56 pm  
    15

    didn’t get after it like you, but we (after leaving our boots in the NEK and having to backtrack for 1-1/2 hrs) skied by moonlight Sunday evening. just a solidly good day to be in NE.

    Solstice? Full Moon? tomorrow…..

    • Greg
      wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 11:11 pm  
      16

      that would be nice to see it.. but sadly (JK) looks like tonight’s snow will obscure visibility of the eclipse.

      anyway, i would have loved to have you along pete on this one! glad you guys had some fun, although the return trip to pick up forgotten gear is always a pain… argh!!!! will you be back around next week? i’ll send you an email to get the ball rolling. i have a bit of time the week after christmas

  11. Aaron
    wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 9:26 pm  
    17

    Incredible!
    You nailed what was going through my head. It sure looked like rock city. Worth it!

    Yeah!!!!!

    • Greg
      wrote on December 20th, 2010 at 11:13 pm  
      18

      thanks Aaron! Yeah. Rock City is right… it’s just that time of year where there are bones everywhere.

      That said there were some really great stretches of unadulterated powder. Then more rocks :D

      still….

      I refuse to complain! I absolutely refuse. :D Thanks for checking in dude!

  12. savantskis
    wrote on December 21st, 2010 at 12:18 pm  
    19

    Great pics. Undercast might be worthy of a SPAM> thanks for sharing. Talk about a sea of white

  13. powhounddd
    wrote on December 21st, 2010 at 11:18 pm  
    21

    Most excellent report of the snowslide-making. Supermanygood!

  14. TSQ
    wrote on December 22nd, 2010 at 8:29 am  
    22

    Nice – great tr, love the photos.

  15. Butch Chamberlain
    wrote on February 15th, 2011 at 7:47 am  
    23

    Hi Greg, Great shots of the decent an so forth. Looked like it might have been a bit chilly or windy or both. Quite a nice puzzle though. They can be a lot of fun. Keep on truckin’

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