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2023/03/19 More Fresh Snow at Kirkwood and Heavenly with Firebreak and Backside Side Country
π 2023-03-19 01:01 in Nsnow, Snow

Sunday: Kirkwood

Another storm, a bit warm, but just cold enough to give usable snow instead of half rain, so I drove up to go enjoy it for a few days:

roads were already nice and white on the way up
roads were already nice and white on the way up

Carson Spur was quite loaded
Carson Spur was quite loaded

Impressive wall of snow
Impressive wall of snow

thankful to have underground parking for the duration of my trip
thankful to have underground parking for the duration of my trip

another impressive wall of snow
another impressive wall of snow

glad to be back on the lift
glad to be back on the lift

I arrived by noon on sunday, new snow was starting to cover the frozen crust underneath:


lots of snow, the top of cornice had some almost invisible real cornices like that, I fell down from that one
lots of snow, the top of cornice had some almost invisible real cornices like that, I fell down from that one


met Johannes for a few runs
met Johannes for a few runs

school run was a rounding error
school run was a rounding error

it was still a bit too warm and wet
it was still a bit too warm and wet

by the end of the day, things looked good though :)
by the end of the day, things looked good though :)

When I got to my condo, I was reminded that it had snowed a bit recenty:



Monday: Kirkwood

While sunday was wet and cold, Monday was a nice bluebird:

Kirkwood has a real problem with electric charging, this is the only charger left on the entire property
Kirkwood has a real problem with electric charging, this is the only charger left on the entire property


nice powder
nice powder



notice the huge pile of storage snow by the parking lots
notice the huge pile of storage snow by the parking lots


got one of the first few chairs up the wall. Wee!
got one of the first few chairs up the wall. Wee!


interestingly, the top of the chutes by the wall were bare due to wind blowing the snow away
interestingly, the top of the chutes by the wall were bare due to wind blowing the snow away

this is the one time I had to unbind that day :)
this is the one time I had to unbind that day :)

Palisades was good too
Palisades was good too

Another picture of the storage snow pile in the parking lot
Another picture of the storage snow pile in the parking lot

Cornice run, a bit rough at the top, but opened up to be good lower down:

Straight down run from the wall, a bit firm at the top too, but good after that:

Wall tree run:

The backside just opened, so I went to check it out:


pretty big cornice by the wave
pretty big cornice by the wave

it was a bit of a jump into snow that wasn't exactly a pillow underneath :)
it was a bit of a jump into snow that wasn't exactly a pillow underneath :)

I got down, but it was a bit scary :)
I got down, but it was a bit scary :)

snow as wind packed at the top, deeper lower down
snow as wind packed at the top, deeper lower down

Tuesday: Kirkwood

Tuesday got more snow, which was free refills all day



the wall had so much snow that they gated you to come down before the chairs, the regular ramp that went under, didn't fit anymore
the wall had so much snow that they gated you to come down before the chairs, the regular ramp that went under, didn't fit anymore

weather and visibility improved during the day, so much snow
weather and visibility improved during the day, so much snow

I literally managed to snowboard all the way back to the building parking lot across the street :)
I literally managed to snowboard all the way back to the building parking lot across the street :)

Great pow ride off the wall:

More pow during the day, free refills:

Even face shots (1:16):

Wednesday: Heavenyly Side Country

The last day, I could have stayed at kirkwood for a 4th powder day with another foot of freshies, but I went to Heavenly to meet my friend Ovidiu and Rik joined us later for some frond side country runs. It was a bit last minute, so driving there in less than 1H in the snow, was "challenging", but I made it :)

Gondola line
Gondola line



got to the gate for the first run
got to the gate for the first run



We went back for 6 firebreak runs total:





After 6 runs, we had enough time to go back the Gondola one more time, up sky, and towards the backside:




The backside snow wasn't perfect, but it was still a good run down, especialy at the top:

Eventually got down the good parts and took a rest :)




before doing the rest of the run down, where snow became more scarce (it's melting quickly at lower altitude):





eventually we got to below the snow line and had to walk a bit
eventually we got to below the snow line and had to walk a bit

then there was a bit of snow left to finish up
then there was a bit of snow left to finish up

and we got to the road
and we got to the road


way too much to drive back
way too much to drive back

thankfully we got luck with hitch hiking
thankfully we got luck with hitch hiking

25mn later, back at the gondola base, end of a great day
25mn later, back at the gondola base, end of a great day

Thanks much to Ovidiu and Rik for joining me and the 7 powder runs


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