Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sky Ramps broke my heart

The Heart of Darkness is not a line recommended by skier boyz, but on the other side are the Sky Ramps, highly recommended.


This season has expanded the mind of local skiers, from Base jumping to Ski rappel lines. The Skier Boyz have been focused on skiing  worthy descents in the Wasatch. This pic shows the upper and lower ramps we skied today. Both ramps required careful skining on the edge of a huge cliff.  This tour was partly inspired by seeing these ramps from Monte Cristo and www.fritzrips.com who put a blog about the lower ramp last year.  
  
This is Ramp number one from the top of the Heart, we called it "Skywalker".  When the Ramp turns onto the face it gets steep and exposed.  A nice complete ramp line with exposure and a hero apron.

Shred i descending the vulnerable Ramp in the sky.

Real SB Stefan hacked away at this cornice and climbed to the summit cone. I could only watch with aspirations to complete this line myself one day because the exposure in the Ramp made me queezy.
Boy did he get it! The snow was cascading over the cliff making it a nail biter to watch.

The snow was perfect back there. The sun was out, but still it remained cool up high.

This is the second ramp that Jake and I skied viewed from the Heart.


Top of Ramp Two. Track in the background coming out of the Heart and Ramp One.



This is a sequence of Jake on skiing the second ramp in primo powder


It just feels right when you have your skis on and the climbing is over. Powder ramps!

The photo gives this line no justice to the danger feel going up and coming down. The snow was so nice and deep in there that we were making turns on the edge.

Skier Boyz were the only ones making turns in the upper Mill B arena today, getting Amped for some Ramps!
Shreddy skiing out of Mill B with the Sundial in the background a stunning basin to ski out.  Still snow all the way down to the S turn parking area

Anything Stefan can do, Liam and I try also






















Stefan may have actually gone and accomplished something by soloing the East ridge of Timpanogos instead of objectifying women, drinking heavily and showing off the new touring appareal of this great organization but Liam and I actually have pics to prove we skied it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

East Ridge

Here's a couple of pictures of what I skied on St. Paddy's day besides some beer laps at Alta.   A couple of boyz have blogged this so its pretty much a trade route, it was a great corn run.











Monday, March 22, 2010

Santaquin Peak


Santaquin Peak viewed from the fine community of Woodland hills.

The long approach up sunburn ridge to Santaquin's summit.

Some nice eye candy behind Santaquin peak.

Emilie and I on the summit looking north towards Provo, not realizing how sunburned we were getting.

Emilie dropping in from the summit, the conditions blew us away for a major wind event a couple of days early the recrystallized powered felt like it didn't get a lick of wind.

Myself enjoying some nice powder turns on a really warm day, Santaquin was a long slog but the conditions were stellar.  All in all the peak tops out around 10,500 and we started around 6,000 and skied fine northern facing powder shots all the way down to the car.  Just another day of skiing powder in the Wasatch with no one else around.  Here is video Em took of me hugging the shade line on one of the many pitch's we milked.

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