Down the Rabbit Hole

By:  Ben
December 6, 2011

There’s been a lot of complaining in the Wasatch recently. Although this might just reinforce the “spoiled Wasatch skier” stereotype, there’s some merit to it. It hasn’t snowed substantially in two weeks, and the settled snow is both shallow and unstable. With limited options for quality skiing, we decided to make the best of it, and go exploring. Utah has a rich mining heritage, so we thought that old mines might be a good place to start. On a cold, windy day we ducked into a mine for some shelter only to find a mysterious black door. We were intrigued. A giant pipe led deep underground, calling us into the cavernous depths. We decided to follow the pipe inward and see how deep the rabbit hole went.

After a walk of interminable length we saw light up ahead. We soon found ourselves emerging, blinking, into the sun light of a transformed mountain range. Gone were the rocky, sun-crusted south facing slopes. Gone were the barren ski areas with little besides groomers open. Replacing them was our own private powder playground made up of endless rolling slopes blanketed by soft fluffy snow. We set out swiftly skinning to explore this new world.

Our first stop was an upper bowl above the mine entrance. We found some nice, if windswept, snow there.

Kate liking the snow in Wonderland

But can you get faceshots in this land?

Laura came all the way from Colorado to explore the rabbit hole with us

Noah wouldn't miss it either!

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  1. bushman
    wrote on December 6th, 2011 at 8:12 am  

    cwazy wabbit! nice breakfast recap, great pics. thanks

  2. christian
    wrote on December 6th, 2011 at 5:57 pm  

    no mention of that tom selleck ANYWHERE in the TR?!?!
    don’t think it went unnoticed…

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on December 7th, 2011 at 1:32 pm  

      It’s been cold for Utah standards – everyone’s growing lip warmers these days.

  3. powhounddd
    wrote on December 6th, 2011 at 7:20 pm  

    Beautiful terrain. Great TR, I am going to have to switch to long-range sensors to find the pockets of fun…

  4. K_C
    wrote on December 6th, 2011 at 8:41 pm  

    Oh wow, looks like a fun day with a fun crew! I’m going to go look for a rabbit hole to Umont…

  5. rangerjake
    wrote on December 7th, 2011 at 10:56 am  

    Boy that looks fun. Some really nice photos in there. Thanks for helping us back east keep our chins up!

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