Backcountry skiing (Telemark) 2:50:00  10.0 km (17:00 / km) +1100m 10:58 / km
A cool tour with Peter's Salt Lake City friend Tony. Given the warming that was forecast, the plan was to start early and finish early. Started just past Alta resort at 2650 metres, on the other side of the road, and headed north. Up the first south-facing uptrack was a little icy (the uptracks see a lot of traffic here). Had a good little pitch down Two Dogs on the other side (north facing). Snow skied decent, a but of a skin on top which went away as you got further down. Then climbed NW and looked down into The Hallway which gets a lot of traffic. Decided to instead chase better snow and had a fantastic run down Banana Days with a cool line down through a narrow choke point (exciting on the tele gear), about a 450m run with great snow and some sluffing of the storm snow on steeper bits. Some fun slalom through small trees on the lower angle stuff lower down. Decided to keep heading north down this valley so that our next 300 metre climb would give a 600m descent. Down "Days Draw" for another NE facing descent with good snow. Then connected with the hiking trail that takes you all the way out the valley bottom to a parking area. Chatted up a guy with a sweet truck and room for us and our gear. (He was an ultra runner whose girlfriend is originally from Canmore. Small world.) He got us to another car pool lot close to our house where he dropped us off and gave us beer, and we called Carbon who picked us up. A really fun point-to-point journey with much better snow than I expected on this warming day. A great way to finish the trip. I can't wait to come back and tour more.
There is a lot of backcountry skiing to be had around here. Even though there were lots of uptracks that were already in place, we had no trouble finding fresh lines for our descents. A great day. A nice steady pace. Out for four hours total, three hours moving time. Descended 1500 m thanks to the drop of the valley and finishing lower than we started.