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Training Log Archive: Carbon's Offset

In the 7 days ending Feb 2:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Resort skiing4 20:30:00
  Backcountry skiing1 2:50:00 6.21(27:22) 10.0(17:00) 1100
  Total5 23:20:00 6.21 10.0 1100

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Saturday Feb 1 #

8 AM

Backcountry skiing (Telemark) 2:50:00 [3] 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.

Friday Jan 31 #

9 AM

Resort skiing (Telemark) 5:00:00 [2]

Back to Snowbird again. It feels like it has more terrain, so we decided it was more worthy of our last full day (we were planning to stop skiing early on our last day to hit the road).
The group wanted to go up the tram this time, to ski the run that Melissa, Carbon and I raved about. Unfortunately the approach was more skied off today and the chopped pow was wind-pressed and tougher to ski. Not worth repeating. Peter and I hiked Baldy traverse and found some good snow, getting better with each lap. Saw a whole family take turns hucking a nice rock band. Even the smallest boy schooled us.
Did a bunch of laps as a group off Wilbere chair and found some fresh tracks along the edges.
I stayed to the end and got some more laps of Gadzoom and Gad2, including finding some fresh little stashes in that zone, and then a couple rips off Wilbere.

Thursday Jan 30 #

9 AM

Resort skiing (Telemark) 5:00:00 [2]

Snowbird resort.
Headed up high early on, up Little Cloud chair, and got hit with a freezing mist that repeatedly iced up everyone's goggles. Multiple stops to clear them off. Headed lower down for different conditions. Did a few fun little laps off Baby Thunder and spotted some less-skied terrain directly above, which Peter and I would find our way to later while others were inside for lunch (we were fuelling with pocket pizza).
Also checked out the tunnel with a conveyer belt that takes you to the back bowl. "Not Quite Corn" was exactly that: not quite warm spring corn but a little softened from the direct sun; it skied nicely.
The rest of the gang headed home a little early but Melissa made the great call that we should hit the tram because the sun came out. From the tram, Carbon spotted a good run with chopped powder if you followed the ridge far enough. Followed Cirque Traverse all the way toward Glen's and dropped down in some nice fat snow.

Wednesday Jan 29 #

10 AM

Resort skiing (Telemark) 4:00:00 [2]

Yep, telemark!
The ski-walk mode on my AT boots (Scarpa Maestrale) broke, so I borrowed a car and zipped back to the house to grab my tele gear. Thank goodness for the test a couple of days ago to see if my toes could tolerate tele. Now to see if they could handle an entire day of resort skiing.

Right from the first run, it was so fun to be on tele again. I instantly felt more at home on the tele gear than on my AT gear.... weird considering that my very original roots are in alpine skiing. I guess the decade of exclusively telemarking really ironed it in. Thank goodness I had brought the tele gear, just so that I could do one or two test runs at Big Sky.

Alta resort today. Not as big as I expected, given how much I have heard the name. A fun resort; by the end of the day I could already tell I would miss it when we left. Found a fun patch of pow on the second run and felt like I was backcountry tele-ing again; so fun!
Hunted around the mountain and found some good stashes on the far skier's left.
Some of the runs off Supreme lift felt short.
Skied to the end of the day while Simon and Peter where happy to wait in the bar having beers. The toes felt okay all day and okay the following days and mornings after, with or without Advil. Such good news.

Monday Jan 27 #

9 AM

Resort skiing 6:30:00 [1]

A bit of fresh snow today that made a nice difference. The bumps at Lone Wolf had fresh on top but still hard when you scraped through. Found more consistent soft snow on Crazy Raven. Then a few of us who packed a lunch went up the tram (fun!) to the top of Lone Peak. It was a little bit of a mine field to dodge the rocks up top but then it was good on Marx, boot deep soft snow. Headed over to Shedhorn which was good and then found a sweet line that we lapped (lots of fresh turns here and there along the rope) off the Dakota lift and I found our way to an untouched stash I spotted earlier.
After the crew went back to the cabin, Ben and I got two more laps in, with some good trees off Ramcharger and a line Ben was eyeing up in the trees off the Swift Current lift line.

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