Wandering in Wildflowers to Wolverine: Wasatch Summertime Schuss

By:  Ben
August 16, 2011


It’s been a great 12 months of skiing. As a way to celebrate and better remember some of the good times this past season I picked out one of my favorite pictures from each month.

September


September on Mt. Baker

October


October in VT.

November


November finishing up with a surprising (and much awaited) system of storms.

December


December was tough because it had so many ski days (as could be expected when I only missed 3 days in the entire month). Still, VTAH 5 stands out as some of the deepest turns of my life…

January


January flew by in a blur of faceshots deep in the Vermont woods

February


February brought some more technical descents in some of the steeper corners of New England

March


In March I moved to Utah just in time for one of the best storm cycles of the season.

April


April was another tricky one – it was still full on winter in the Wasatch for the most part and we had a lot of face shots.

May


In May it started to warm up, but we got a few late season storms to keep us in the White Room.

June


In June Kate and I skied 5000 continuous vert on Timp, bagging the Wasatch’s second-highest summit

July


July saw John and I ski an awesome chute that I never quite had the motivation to grab midwinter.

August was the 12th consecutive month, and although the skiing certainly didn’t compare to some of the mid winter days, it was still amazing just to get out and enjoy the mountains. As I sat sipping a beer watching the full moon rise over the top of Supreme I couldn’t help but wonder what adventures lie ahead in the next 12 months. The snow will be flying in just a few months, bringing us into yet another ski season.

In the meantime, check out the archive and reminisce about the past season.

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4 Comments

  1. Harvey44
    wrote on August 16th, 2011 at 9:51 pm  
    1

    Great looking TR Ben. What is the pitch on the shot in the third pic on page 1? It looks insane. Great year, way to get it.

    • Ben
      wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 12:09 am  
      2

      Thanks Harvey! It’s not actually as steep as it looks – it’s just a deceptive angle looking at it from across the cirque. Andrew Maclean’s book has it at ~38 degrees, and that sounds reasonable to me (although it probably gets a little steeper as it melts out) There are some really fun steeper lines in the cirque during the winter though!

  2. bushman
    wrote on August 18th, 2011 at 8:21 am  
    3

    Morning….thanks Ben and Kate for August shots. Lots of work for hardtop snow, saw what I suspect is red algae on top? Hey, appreciate the effort, pics, and narrative. And recap photos for last year also topshelf. Like Feb and April best. Been there, done that. Starting to get cool in mornings in East, down to 50’s, cooler in the hills, time to start hiking. Your stuff gets us pumped.

  3. icelanticskier
    wrote on August 18th, 2011 at 8:24 am  
    4

    love the 1 favorite pic per month shots! tells a fine tale!

    rog

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