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April 02, 2006

Great Day at Brian Head

Yesterday may have been the last day I get up to Brian Head for the year. Season ends in two weeks on Easter, but that weekend is booked and next weekend is looking pretty busy since I have been out of town the last week and a half.

Dunes was closed due to wind, but the wind died down in the PM considerably. It kept trying to snow, but it was more of an annoyance than a storm and produced no measurable accumulation. Conditions were mixed. The pow from a couple of days ago was compacted and crusty and it was not warm enough to loosen up. We stayed on the lower mountain due to the wind and stayed on the groomed stuff as it had loosened up more than the upper mountain had.

So down below, in the terrain park, I decided there were two things I wanted to do successfully this year. First was 50-50 a rainbow and second was land a 180. Not like rainbows are crazy difficult, but I have this enduring image of doing a facial into a a metal object and looking like a hockey player.

First run through it, I hit the rainbow for the first time and while not pretty, rolled right over it. The second trip over the rainbow was much better. Got down to the jumps and threw a 180 on both runs and landed both. Not like it is difficult on either case, but it is simple fear of doing something stupid and missing the rest of the season that has kept me from attempting more this year. Well, now it is the end of the season and the fear of breaking a wrist or tearing an ACL is less of an issue. Now, I regret not taking more risks and pushing myself more. But really, the terrain park is only there for days when there is not fresh pow.

If it was my last day, I have something to build on and left on a high note.

Posted by Justin at April 2, 2006 12:28 PM


You should come ski at Mammoth, we're probably going to be open until the 4th of July, like last year.

Posted by: Laura at April 3, 2006 01:32 PM

Snowbird was open until Jul last year too. The biggest issue I have is that I have had a couple of bad experiences with Spring Skiing and icy/shush.

I drove by the Jeep dealership today and am planning to buy a new Rubicon for the Summer so that I can get out and see the mountains. It is so tough because as much as I love skiing, I am honestly almost ready for the break of summer. =)

Posted by: Justin B at April 3, 2006 04:15 PM

To be honest, I've never skied in July anywhere and like you said, by that time, I'm ready for summer. Lot's of camping to be done and many visits to the beach.

Posted by: Laura at April 3, 2006 05:05 PM