Saturday, February 22, 2014

Blower Pow & Sol/Bright- Solitude/Brighton

Old man winter made a return visit on Thursday with some really light snow and super cold temperatures. I lapped the front side at Solitude and found some really fun snow to play in. After playing in the new fluff, I took Summit to the top and Honeycomb opened. This was epic snow, deep, and fluffy everywhere. Friday I decided to hit Brighton, as I has been a bit since I have been up there. They got a dusting overnight, which kept all the aspects in play. I found great snow of GW and Snake Creek. After hours of lapping the whole resort, I figured, why not make it a Sol/Bright day? I took the connection off Milly and headed over to Solitude. It was a virtual ghost town, and nice snow. The sun was shining bright, and it actually warmed up quite a bit. Working on the goggle tan for sure. After lapping Solitude, I made my way back up Summit, and headed back over to Brighton. What an awesome couple of days in the mountains. I put up an edit from both days, so check it out. We are headed into high pressure for the next week, so pray for snow!

Blower Pow Sol Bright 2 20 21 14 from Christian Paul on Vimeo.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hail To The Snow- Presidents Day Weekend- 2.2014- Solitude Mountain Resort

I had a couple of great days this weekend up at Solitude. I found some great snow, and had a good time riding. We even had a thundersnow event! This closed the lifts for a couple of hours. It was not too crowded either for a holiday weekend. The coverage is all time, and the snow is fantastic! Looks like more is on the way this week. Enjoy the edit, and Pray 4 Snow!

Presidents Day Weekend Fun 2 2014 from Christian Paul on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hero Snow & Honeycomb- Solitude Mountain Resort

What an amazing storm! 3-4' feet fell all over the Wasatch filling things in nicely. Sunday Funday was hero snow, meaning it was so wet and heavy, you needed to be a superhero to move it around. This is the base builder you want as we head into our spring cycle. I had a great time riding, even though this was the most crowded day of the season at Solitude. I was for sure a soggy waffle by the time I got done riding on Sunday. Another front came in Sunday night, putting down a much lighter, colder consistency, which made the turns so creamy. I made it back up for opening bell and I lapped the front side until Summit opened. Once they started loading Summit, I headed for the Headwall Forest, which was a mix of new snow, and avy debris from the control work done to get it open for us. Thank you Solitude Ski Patrol for keeping us safe. As I unloaded Summit for the 5th time, ski patrol signaled that they were going to open Honeycomb Canyon. It looked so amazing, and the stoke meter was on high! The roped was pulled, and the shred fest began! This was by far the best snow all weekend, and I had some amazing runs back there. Even a lap out the Powderhorn gate was creamy and blowing up snow in my face all the way to Meadowlawn. This is why I love snowboarding in the Wasatch, when it is good, it is damn good! Enjoy the edit from this weekend, and let's keep this party rockin'!

Hero Snow And Honeycomb 2 9 10 14 from Christian Paul on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

February Begins- 2.7.2014- Solitude Mountain Resort

It looks like old man winter is back from this long hiatus that he seemed to be on. A series of storms are headed for the Wasatch, and this was the beginning of the big cycle for the year that we enjoy this time of year in Utah. I woke to Solitude reporting 8" of fresh, and made haste to get up the hill. I got the boots on and headed out to sample the new goods. The snow was right side up, and was the fluffy stuff we come to expect here in the Wasatch. I took my first five runs, and then- SNAP! My left boot lace broke, and made it interesting to get back down to change out my broken lace. I made it a quick change out, then I was back at it. I wandered over in the Aspens off Sunrise, and was surprised that there was plenty of untracked over there for the taking. A great way to kick off February, and also good at keeping our base solid. Looks like there is more on tap for this weekend, so wax em' if you got em, surfs up! Enjoy the short video from today, and pray for snow!

February Begins 2 7 14 from Christian Paul on Vimeo.