Today, Jared and I rose to greet the morning sun in the warm Wasatch dawn, following a long-awaited storm that arrived and delivered earlier this week. South and west faces were zipper crusted, but north and eastern aspects graciously welcomed us.
While not racing in the Powderkeg today, both of us felt we should be at least close in spirit to the guys, so we sought our own treasure. Both with about the same amount of time available, we discovered it in the waking light.
We skied several couloirs all of which were steep, elegant lines that lacked only in length. We started with the east aspects and then rotated along the compass to the north faces. Each held its own character, accompanied by incredible, soft skiing.
Couloir #1- Steep and straight
|The Samurai letting the morning begin|
|This became our highway of access up|
|Drop off on skier's right- not the first in but soft skiing for sure|
Couloir# 3 Steep and choked entry from the top
|The top choke, pretty steep and tight-Courtesy SLC Samurai|
|Jared about halfway down- the line went all the way|
Couloir #4- "S" Couloir
|Watching rocks at the top, the bottom drops out|
|Jared down climbing in style (near the bottom of the line) and seeing his pole a ways down.|