Friday, April 17, 2015
Splitboarding Solitude- 4.16.2015
It has been a winter for the record books. The kind of winter you do not want to see as a snowboarder. But it seems that old man winter was trying to redeem himself with this late season April storm which dropped some serious snow on the Wasatch. We decided to skin up Solitude because they are closed, and it still has good coverage unlike other parts of the Wasatch. We started from the base to see trees littering the landscape that were blown over in the wind storm that preceded the snow event. We made our climb up pretty fast and in no time it seemed we were standing on the Eagle ridge with the winds just pounding us. We all got exfoliated on the way up to Powderhorn from gusts of wind that were just brutal at best. Finally got to our spot, switched out from touring to riding mode and we made the drop. There were for sure some variable conditions out there as the wind was having its way with the transport of the snow. I still made some nice turns and had a great run all the way to the base. The lower part of the mountain was a bit heavier, and kind of grabby. A great day, first time out for my friend Gabe on the splitboard. He did awesome! It was nice to be out with the crew in the mountains once more. Enjoy the video with pics below. We will see how much longer mother nature lets this party continue. I'll take it while I can with the lackluster season we have had. More adventures to come!