Monday, December 7, 2015
Millicent Tour, Big Cottonwood Canyon- November 2015
I got the chance to get out on the skins and climb up to the top of the Millicent Lift at Brighton the last Sunday of November. It is not open yet, so we got to get after it before the resort does. The walk up was beautiful, a mix of sun and clouds. It was a bit chilly in the lot, but once you got up the hill, you were taking the beanie off in the sun. We had an awesome walk up there, and the views kept you climbing because they kept getting better and better. We did take a pit stop at the dam at Twin Lakes, and it was frozen over and just amazing to see smooth, unlike the rocky place that it is in the summer time. We then climbed the last stretch to the top. Literally our last steps to the lift and it started snowing.
We switched everything from tour mode to ride mode after some photos. Me and my friend Chris just sat there and watched it just start to stack up where we were. Eventually the snow started to fade and the sun started to peek out from behind the clouds, and we decided it was a great time to drop in. We found some good spots, and some really hard spots. But all in all we could ride all the way to the base, the last 500 ft to the lift were rock solid because they had been slowing snow, which is essentially frozen water out of a cannon. It was really fun to be up there and a better time than I expected. Touring is a bit tough in most places because there are not great exit options right now. For a lack of snow, the sticks and stones aka downed trees and big rocks are more dangerous than the avalanche hazard at the moment.
It was a great day and a good opportunity to get up and out for a day since the air quality in Salt Lake was unhealthy, and just awful to look at. Mountains are much better to look at no matter how cold it is. Sorry I am just getting this up. I have been very busy of late. I just have not had the time. The video for this day will come at the end of the month when I release my Retrospective for 2015. More adventures to come! Pray 4 Snow!