|Mother nature hit the reset button|
Just last week I was telling a friend that this years season came to an end sooner than any year that I can remember. Well, it’s not over ’til mother nature says it is and she just decided to deliver nearly a foot and a half of pow to the nearby mountains here in Northern Utah. When the low clouds cleared out on a lazy and rainy sunday afternoon my eyes lit up at the sight of some surprisingly thick white stuff in the upper foothills. I checked the snotel data and it was reading cold temps and 12 inches of snow and counting!
I pulled out my gear and got on the phone to some friends.. I’m all about these bonus pow days and I would feel guilty if I didn’t seize the opportunity. At first light the next morning I was on the road, the contrast of the green trees and hillsides covered in fresh white snow made for an awesome drive. I left a bit earlier than the rest of the crew cause I know that May powder has a really short shelf life, and it turns to muck in a hurry.
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|Rolling with a quiver for some late season R&D testing|
|First run of the day was the real deal. Light and dry powder|
|Our powder turned into coastal style muck in less than an hour but still made for some great turns|
There was practically no base under the new snow so navigation on the sleds was a bit tricky. Luckily I had tried to go riding a couple of weeks ago so I knew where the remaining ribbons of snow were at. I buzzed up to the top and managed to hike a couple of quick laps in the upper fields before anyone else arrived. I could feel the snow getting thicker every run. Any direct sun this time of year puts a quick damper on the powder slashing. So when my friends arrived we sought out the most north-facing tree runs in the area and proceeded to throw around the powder and muck.
|hucking some muck around on one of the Phish series boards|
|The B-line into the “G-spot” is a classic early season shot.. tight entry and high speed thru the apron. We were dealing with early season style coverage so this run was at the top of my hit list.|
|Grassroots Powsurfers dominate in the powder and the mush.|
|DeJaVu – My powsurfing season started and ended in this exact spot.|
As the day progressed snow quality plummeted. Sunny spots became sticky and unrideable and the melting snow in the tree tops began raining down on the snow below. That’s May powder for you… it doesn’t last long so you gotta be on time. As a powsurfer, I couldn’t be happier. Instead of ending on a sour note (last week we were stranded by rocks and dry ground) we got a late season bonus dump and the powsurf season ended in style. It’s going to be a busy summer dialing in next years boards and accessories so I have a feeling that next winter will be here before we know it.
April just keeps on dealing up the goods. A foot and a half of cold smoke was on the menu for today. The toughest thing today was deciding where to shred. When EVERYTHING is good above 8000 ft (no sled tracks and nobody around) and so much to chose from, it is like overload on the senses. After driving all over the place trying to find the best situation possible for shooting and riding in good light, we finally settled on a zone.
Fresh snow and cooler temps kept the powdersurfing conditions epic throughout the Easter weekend. We actually had 3 bluebird days in a row! I think that is a first for this season. (it’s been snowy as hell this winter)