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2017/03/21 Slightly Warm Storm at Kirkwood
π 2017-03-21 01:01 in Snow
I arrived a bit late on tuesday thanks to the Tesla supercharger being down. I had to drive around Folsom, and by then I was worried that Carson Spur would close, so I went around via South Lake Tahoe.
When I finally got to kirkwood, all the charging ports had ICE cars parked in front of them. Doh!


I Emailed vail about it, and thankfully they fixed that a day later:


The first day, I only got on the slopes just before 14:00, got a single ride on Cornice, and then it closed for lightening :( The snow was super wet and not run to ride though. Technically it was snowing, but it felt more like rain...



The next day, we had snow all day until 18:00, which fixed the crappy snow underneath. It was cold and very wet, but the snow was good. Back side opened by 13:30 adn was worth riding too. The wave didn't open though, which was great for the next day:

damn, that's a lot of snow in that drain under cornice
damn, that's a lot of snow in that drain under cornice


big rock skier's left of the wall, filled with snow
big rock skier's left of the wall, filled with snow

snow and snow and snow
snow and snow and snow

backside, here we come
backside, here we come

The 3rd day was finally the blue bird:




enough snow on the wall, you can get down anywhere
enough snow on the wall, you can get down anywhere




so many tracks, too many people :)
so many tracks, too many people :)

I went down eagle bowl, again, no one :)
I went down eagle bowl, again, no one :)



the wave opened early in the morning
the wave opened early in the morning

choose your way down :)
choose your way down :)


again, too many tracks :)
again, too many tracks :)

fawn ridge was beautiful
fawn ridge was beautiful

I lapped it 5 times and got fresh tracks each time
I lapped it 5 times and got fresh tracks each time

wee...
wee...

chute off the wall, snow had been blown off
chute off the wall, snow had been blown off

By 14:00, the snow was however starting to turn. Somewhat slushy in places, and funny thing was other places had powder that was icing up (palisades), so I counted my blessings for all that snow with no crowds and went home:


Carson Spur
Carson Spur

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2017/03/19 First FC Drivers Outing of the Year: Skyline to the Sea
π 2017-03-19 01:01 in Cars
We had one day without rain at the right time, so we went for a drive. A few people too many on the roads, but still fun:







2017/03/11 DJ Blurr, Reorder, John Askew at Ruby Skye
π 2017-03-11 01:01 in Clubbing
While I was barely back from a ski trip and jetlagged in the wrong direction, my friend David (DJ Blur) encouraged me to come, for what was a great evening, starting with his own set. I was indeed tired that evening, but it was still worth the trip, great music.

DJ Blur
DJ Blur






2017/03/06 Mountain Collective Tour: Telluride
π 2017-03-06 01:01 in Snow

After Silverton, it was time to go to Telluride. Telluride is about 10mn away as the crow flies, but more like 2H by road since you have to drive all the way around a bunch of peaks. While the snow the day or our travel didn't materialize much, or even the night before we went skiing, the day we did go skiing, it was there. That was along frigid temperatures (-20C wind chill). Even then, anything not north facing was pretty crappy under the fresh snow that wasn't deep enough, but by the end of day, we got enough new snow that things were pretty good. By mid afternoon, the sun came out, and it got warmer:



oops, I got stuck in a valley and had to walk out
oops, I got stuck in a valley and had to walk out


the lift run looks nice
the lift run looks nice

it's called the bad idea run because you get stuck without a slope at the bottom, so I went :)
it's called the bad idea run because you get stuck without a slope at the bottom, so I went :)





The next day was sunny and we went for the left over fresh snow:


sadly, lift 15 wasn't that good when it opened, not deep enough
sadly, lift 15 wasn't that good when it opened, not deep enough



a bunch of nice EX runs
a bunch of nice EX runs

great view on the aircraft carrier style Telluride airport, highest commercial airport in the continental US
great view on the aircraft carrier style Telluride airport, highest commercial airport in the continental US


another nice tree run that ends up on a path and a road :)
another nice tree run that ends up on a path and a road :)


nice view of telluride town
nice view of telluride town

2017/03/03 Mountain Collective Tour: Silverton
π 2017-03-03 01:01 in Snow

After Aspen, Arturo drove us to Silverton. My first time was absolutely awesome, 4 days of endless powder. My second time, I went with Arturo, but we got unlucky: temps were way too high and we got more ice than good snow :(.

This time was a bit in the middle, we had originally planned 3 days but were only able to do 2 and the snow was just good enough, when you picked the location carefully, the first day where we went guided skiing.

Subaru blocked the access road for a bit while they were shooting a commercial with a drone
Subaru blocked the access road for a bit while they were shooting a commercial with a drone

we went to the advanced group directly, the briefing was 'brief'
we went to the advanced group directly, the briefing was 'brief'

we didn't waste time climbing for 30mn from the lift for our first run
we didn't waste time climbing for 30mn from the lift for our first run

snow down looked good, but it wasn't that great the sun had already started baking it
snow down looked good, but it wasn't that great the sun had already started baking it

silverton guides keep things tidy to use the snow as long as possible
silverton guides keep things tidy to use the snow as long as possible

each run got us back down to a road where a bus or van would come pick us up
each run got us back down to a road where a bus or van would come pick us up

while we were hiking up, some lucky folks got heli rides
while we were hiking up, some lucky folks got heli rides

The 2nd day, we were signed up for an all day heli tour. We ended up leaving late due to the avalanche danger being high, as well as very strong winds in the morning, making heli flying a bit more interesting. The first ride was damaged powder, but the last 5 runs we went to the next mountain across where the snow was still pristine and the north facing or tree protected snow was still in good shape:

your ride has arrived
your ride has arrived






our guide had a nice board, the church of snowboarding :)
our guide had a nice board, the church of snowboarding :)

the snow that day were really wanting to slide
the snow that day were really wanting to slide






The last 5 runs were pretty good considering, not awesome alpine from top to bottom due to the conditions, but still good and fun.

On the way back, I got a few shots of Silverton



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