On 1/17, after receiving some beta, Drew and I decided to take tour up White Pine Fork.
Smog Lake and the Oquirrh Mountains.
Little Cottonwood Canyon.
White Pine Lake and White Baldy.
The next day Drew and I met up with the homie Nic for a tour he invited us on. We toured up one canyon, traversed a ridge, and rode down another canyon into a neighborhood in the valley.
Drew skinning across an old slide path. The majority of the slope ripped out in the slide. The bulge of snow on the left in this photo is a connecting flank of the crown.
Mt. Olympus, Smog Lake, and the Oquirrh.
Nic is a tree hugger.
When we reached our high point we were greeted with this view.
Morgan slashin'. (Photo: Drew VanNice)
Riding chairslifts rules. Brighton is an awesome resort, and with Utah's beautiful weather is always a good time.
An edit from hot lapping park and pow at B-right-on.
From 1/24 -1/27, I took an Avy 2 course through the American Avalanche Institute. I learned a lot, and it was an awesome experience I am grateful to have had. On one of our field days we encountered these cool rime crystals.
Finally, after 2 weeks without snowfall in the wasatch, a storm front finally came our direction. With over a foot and a half of snow overloading some weak faceted snow crystals, Drew and I were off to find some trees to ride in.
Aspen glades are fun.
Surfin'. (Photo: Drew VanNice)
Another day getting into a new zone, this time with Bucky and James.
Exploring this new zone was fun, but with foggy weather it was hard to truly appreciate the area. With sunshine forecasted for the next day, I decided to do a repeat tour. It did not disappoint.
After a week since the last snowfall, snow stability started to slowly improve. Drew and I decided to go after some lines we'd been schemin' on.
Round two, the snow was surprisingly good. (Photo: Drew VanNice)
Looking down the entrance to our next objective.
Drew rippin' it up.
Our tracks from the first slope, seen on the skin home.
The next day's playground.
Dromedary and Twin Peaks.
Our tracks are the pair on the left.
Tracks from our second run. They are coming out of the main chute, visible in the apron.
And the adventures continue...