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December 23, 2010

Powder Karma

So we drove all night to Brian Head after I got off work so we could get here for the EPIC storm system that dumped over 5' in the last four days.

Unfortunately, I am working this week and my boss is on PTO so I am covering the work hotpager. Given my work ethic and love for my job, there is no way that I would sluff off from my duties to ski on a mega-powder day...

So I take an early, long lunch starting at 11 and hope to get a half a dozen laps in during my normal break. First run I drop into Engens and it is sickness. Hammer down, I am 3/4 of the way down the face and I hit a snowboarder's rut, my ski digs, my binding comes open, and I face plant yardsale style.

Except no ski. White skis on a powder day are probably a bad idea. I hike a full 30 yards up the steepest part of Brian Head poking my pole into the snow like I am doing an avalanche training session. Nada.

45 minutes, Jake, Jer, and Jacko lap me and finally a guy looks 50 yards down the hill at the bottom and sees what looks like a ski. He heads down and sure enough, I wasted every bit of energy and stamina I had saved up climbing and digging and postholing and working... my ski left without me.

Moral of the story--I paid the price for my lack of work ethic. Thankfully when I came back, it was exactly as dead as expected over the Christmas week and I didn't get fired. YET!

Brian Head is not the steepest and best mountain in the world, but on a day like today, after a hot tub session, there is not much better. Runs on Engens and Devo's were spectacular. Snow is heavy and wet so tomorrow will be like concrete, but today was worth the drive last night.

Posted by Justin at December 23, 2010 05:12 PM

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"Except no ski. White skis on a powder day are probably a bad idea. I hike a full 30 yards up the steepest part of Brian Head poking my pole into the snow like I am doing an avalanche training session. Nada."

Cheap Solution: fluorescent plastic tape found in the hardware store. Tear off about 7' role it up and place above the boot inside your pant. If you lose a ski the tape will deploy and lead you to it. Costs about 3$ for a big role. You can also buy powder cords in some ski shops but they cost more. With the construction tape, you'll have plenty to share with friends (if there are any on a powder day).

Posted by: Mark A. Murphy at December 24, 2010 06:42 AM

I actually tried to buy powder cords at the resort as soon as I got down the mountain but they didn't carry them.

Lesson learned for certain...

Posted by: Justin B at December 24, 2010 11:28 AM