The Upper Crust
Utah has been lucky to squeeze 80 inches of snow out of the Fall storm clouds. This has meant the opening of Brighton, Solitude, and Snowbird, last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, respectively. In reality, this means the ski areas have enough snow to get their favorite groomers open. You know how Famous Internet Skiers love their white ribbons of death. On south facing slopes, or where the powder packer has been, this snow amounts to about 12 inches of base. Up high, in chute country, this stacks up to a lot more, as much as 80-100 inches in places.
With the desire to start skiing in the sun shine, the FIS took off early Friday morning to find some soft snow and a delectable sunrise. Dwyer, Louise, and myself were out to see what the local powder-hounds had left above Greely Hill.
Superior poked it’s way out and showed us why it’s one of the meanest mountains in the Wasatch. And the most fun to ski!
Not a single (nor double for that matter) chair has turned at Alta, but the skin track and ski track were both well pilfered.
But that’s OK, we’re here for the sun rise, and whatever leftovers we could harvest. The Pfeifferhorn was the first of all the mountains to see the eastern light. And it did not disappoint.
For posterity sake, here is a little closer look at the ridge containing the Hypodermic Needle.
After we enjoyed sunrise we let gravity take us down the hill, the way it was meant to. On skis —
The snow proved mighty crusty, and we’re wondering what the weekend would be. For the Upper Crust was stout early Friday morning, and we had big plans for Saturday.
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