Corn Snow Fest — Uintah Mountains

Post by blogger | March 16, 2007      

Back late today after a beautiful trip with Park City Powder Cats in Utah’s Uintah Mountains. Their thin snowpack is going fast, but they’re in a nice corn cycle and we got the goods. I skied on a pair of Black Diamond’s new Voodoo ski model, which is a softer version of the Havoc. The Voodoo is a stable and super forgiving ski. It’s not lively, and that’s a good thing. Voodo is more the kind of plank you want to just ride, kind of like swooping through the alleys of Crested Butte on a fat tire cruiser bike. I’d recommend this ski for anyone who wants width underfoot but that yields an easy ride you don’t have to constantly feed with leg energy like your tossing t-bones to some hungry wolf dog. A couple of photos from the day, then sleep so I can do the Powderkeg race tomorrow without totally bonking.

Utah backcountry skiing.
Lisa Dawson finds out just how much electricity the Black Diamond Joule ski provides when asked. Kind of a moderate level direct current that keeps your smile going.

Utah backcountry skiing.
Our host Penn Newhard working on his cornography degree in M&M Bowl, Weber Canyon, Uintah Mountains.

Utah backcountry skiing.
Black Diamond ski designer Ben Walker lays one out on a nice long pair of specially built Zealots. They say in motorsports that there is no substitute for cubic inches. It appears that when it comes to ski design, there is no substitute for square inches — Zealot is fully 110 mm wide under the foot, and radiates power. Frankly, I don’t know if I could even ski the things. But Ben seems to keep all those square inches heading in the general direction he intends. Or at least it appeared that way.

Utah backcountry skiing.
Somehow Rando Steve got in front of my camera lens again! I like this cruiser shot — and I even got another blackmail pick I’ll keep in reserve.

Utah backcountry skiing.
Lou and Lisa after some corn dining.


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