Willows Tour #2, Big Cottonwood Canyon- 12.11.2016

Discussion in 'Winter Sports' started by Dr Nebz, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. Dr Nebz

    Dr Nebz Dirtbag After Dark

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    The Wasatch received a rather wetter than normal storm this week, which culminated with the biggest part of this storm coming in on Saturday. We decided since the avalanche forecast was calling for considerable conditions that we would return to the Willows as this is a safe area with low angle terrain. We made our way up in the AM to just perfect conditions on the skin track. The stoke was high as we climbed the meadows. Once at the top we made the change over and strapped in. We dropped into some of the deepest powder of the season which was a creamy consistency. After making our way back to the start of the big up, we made the switch over and went back up for lap #2. The temperature climbed and the sun came out and it warmed up quite a bit. Eventually after a second time up the skin track, we sat below Willow Knob and made the change over again. After taking in the view, we dropped into a different line which was just as fun and had some really great snow. Our out to the car was so fun as the snow was in great condition. It was an amazing day in the Wasatch. The kind we look to get after. Enjoy the pic and video which has the full set of pics from the day.

     
  2. Vegan.Hiker

    Vegan.Hiker TR or it didn't happen

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    Cool vid.. looks like tons of fun.
     
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  3. Dr Nebz

    Dr Nebz Dirtbag After Dark

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    Thank you! I usually buy a season pass, and tour on the splitboard accompanying my lift served action. Two years ago I just toured all season on the splitboard and just did a couple of days at the resort. I loved it so much. After having a weekday pass at Solitude last season, and touring on the weekends, I realized my best days were out touring. Its a lot of work, and you don't get as many runs as the resort, but it is all about quality over quantity. This is how I look at it:

    Resort = Fast Food
    Touring = Fine Dining

    I'll take fine dining any day of the week. Plus you just do not get the wilderness experience at the resort. The mountains are beautiful in the winter.
     
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