Sunday, January 24, 2016

Little Willow, Big Cottonwood Canyon- 1.24.2016

We got another shot of snow that spiked the avalanche danger to high for steep terrain in the range. We decided that Sunday Funday would be a low angle spot. We decided to hit the Willows again as that has mellow low angle terrain, and some of the best glades in the range. We made our climb up from the road and took a new route in. This was far more scenic than the last trip in here and the snow was just right. We broke trail to the summer trail, then we rounded the corner and took the ridge up. The wind was brisk in the open areas, and the cold front was for sure showing what its got. After a while of climbing and breaking trail, we made it to the saddle just below Willow Peak. After getting warm and changing it over we decided to take Little Willow out as no one had dropped in that side. We made a great choice! The ride was so fun moving through the trees and getting nice powder turns in the glades. We had a fun out as well, as the snow stayed soft and did not set up. Another great day in the Wasatch! Enjoy the video below. Pray 4 Snow!

Little Willow Tour 1_24_16 from Christian Paul on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Honeycomb Canyon- Big Cottonwood Canyon- 1.21.2016

This winter has been drastically different from last year. We got another good cycle that buried the Wasatch in deep snow. It was the kind of fill in we needed as there were some areas that need some more snow. I made it up Tuesday and got some fun laps in the ultralight that fell overnight. Wednesday I tried to get up the canyon, but the line in the canyon was just so huge I turned around and went home. I noticed that they did not open Honeycomb Canyon. So Thursday morning I headed up and got some nice turns on the frontside as they were doing avalanche control back there. After about two hours ski patrol dropped the rope to Navarone and it was on. They actually groomed Woodlawn better than I have ever seen it. Below is a short edit of one of my runs savoring the supportable snow that was sitting in the shady aspects. There is still some stuff that needs more snow, but if you knew your line you were getting it good. Enjoy the video. This winter party marches on!

Honeycomb Canyon 1_21_16 from Christian Paul on Vimeo.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Little Willow Tour, Big Cottonwood Canyon- January 2016

This storm dumped so much snow, and it has stayed so cold, that this snow has stayed well preserved. We decided to head up to the Willows for a line into Little Willow. We started up the road and soon headed west on the summer trail. We made our way to the corner ridge and found a skin track through the trees. After a nice climb with views and some new terrain, we had not seen, we made it to the saddle next to Willow Peak. We made the switch over, then decided it was time to go for a run. We had nice powder through the trees and found some nice glades to carve it up in. Then it was a maze through the trees until we hit the summer trail on the west face. There is some variable snow out there on the exit where the sun had at it, and it made turning a bit difficult. Still an awesome first day of 2016 on the snow. A great day in the mountains with one of my best friends. Enjoy the video. More adventures to come! Pray 4 Snow!

Little Willow Tour 1.3.2016 from Christian Paul on Vimeo.