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January 21, 2006

Best Day this Year

Today was absolutely awesome at Brian Head. First off, the Dunes lift was open and there was extensive powder that was only slightly tracked. We skied several runs over on the Dunes side, but my personal favorite, Bristlecone Bowl, was not open yet. Since we have season passes, we did not poach, but a couple of folks tried to. We could hear rocks, so that kept us honest.

Pick of the hill though was Pillows Glade. This is a slight drainage that runs right above the terrain park and has a huge lip that several snowboarders were catching some large air off of. I decided to get up some nerve and see if I could land anything--mostly so that I could trash talk to my brother who complained of the "torn o-ring" last week. Not too bad, but I missed the landing on my last grab attempt of the day and took a nice spill.

This was the first time that I really took a few good falls in a while. I took a nasty spill in the trees off of the Dunes when I caught a branch with one of my skis and lost my balance. BTW, BE CAREFUL of obstacles if you hit Brian Head. There is some nasty stuff under the fluff. Took a couple more good spills on jumps. Two years ago, I would not even attempt to catch air off of the lip we were hitting today.

Wil over at 120 Days of Powder was writing recently about progressing. I am getting my ski legs back under me and taking more risks which means occasionally eating some snow. But I too am noticing an improvement and better balance. The conditions were awesome to take risks on today, but stuff is getting packed and starting to melt. This week is snow-free according to, but the weekend may bring another storm. Cross fingers.

Posted by Justin at January 21, 2006 10:10 PM