Emily and I had a spectacular day of skiing down in boullion basin Saturday
the 10th. The drive down to Crystal was quick and and roads were bare
and dry. We parke in the lower lot and soon started skinning up the road
that leads into the basin. We crossed a bunch of side trails and roads,
but soon made our way up onto the East side of the valley.
The wind was howling and it was a blue sky blizzard as we skinned deeper
into the valley. After passing a few parties on snowshoes and skiis, the
track took a turn uphill. After a good 600 feet or so, the slopes were
looking too inviting, so we took a run down next to the trees.
Emily kicking back, havin' a cold one (in honor of her unkle Steve, whose
tight little old school ski pants she's wearing)
The snow along side the trees was protected from the winds
and thus still had nice soft powder. We skinned back up the hill and followed
the track farther on until we were at about the 6300 foot level. We could
just spot another untouched line down to the valley floor, and after digging
a snow pit, we took off down another excellent run.
Emily starts to love this powder thing!
in "aggressive stance" (watch out!)
Again, the wind protected slopes had the best snow. Emily
remarked that I was skiing a little too "aggressively" and that
maybe I'd have an easier time if I mellowed it out a bit. However, I was
just practicing the "German Powder technique"! (or so Phil tells
me) To picture this technique, simply shout "Hop! Hop! Hop!"
and imagine a little bounce from one turn to the next. Aggressive? No,
just German! ;)
happy- Emily and an aggressive gnome she came across
One more medium length run and then it was back to the cars.
We followed open glades down to the "wall of trees" that seems
to block the parking lot farther down valley than where you come up. After
traversing right along its edge we came to a big avie swath that provided
access down to the parking lot below.
Once back in the parking lot we noticed that Phil and Greg's
trucks were still there from this morning. Turns out we got back about
10 minutes earlier than they did.
Phil's new girlfriend slims down by drinking diet coke.
Looks like she's waiting for ya on the truck big boy!