Winter OR Day 1 — A Basin of Snow

Post by blogger | January 22, 2008      
Dynafit backcountry skiing.
When you get to Utah, and it snowed 24 inches of cold smoke the day before, there is only one option when you’re visiting with We headed over to the “sign up for a guide” booth and hit it. These shots are of guide Tim Duffy, who showed us around the northern side of Snowbasin resort. Thanks Tim!

Dynafit backcountry skiing.
What is it about the taste of snow when it’s squirted up to your mouth by a pair of skis? It seems to bring on a smile, at least after you catch your breath. Tim skis with a strong dynamic style that makes photography easy. He was getting face shots just about every turn.

Thanks for our tour also goes to Snowbasin Mountain Patrol Manager, Mike Jenkins. He gave us a good overview on how the terrain in and out of the resort is utilized. It appeared to me that if you knew your way around, this would be another powder paradise. Some of the OB area was a bit too terrain trappy for my taste, with big vertical dropping into narrow brush-filled gullies. But options varied, and plenty of reasonable pitches were there for the taking as well.

Backcountry skiing.
We started down this pitch, which can take you all the way to Ogden, the town visible WAY down there. Apparently they have to do rescues in here several times a year, people get tempted and end up caught in the canyon below. We were careful to not get too low, and still had to skin up and out after one set of turns.

Dynafit backcountry skiing.
Yours truly gets his.


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One Response to “Winter OR Day 1 — A Basin of Snow”

  1. Mark Worley January 23rd, 2008 12:00 am

    Way deep and dry! Nice!

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