Today, I climbed Kessler Peak (10,403 ft) to ski the run Argenta with two of my friends, Dan and Gian Luca. It was a beautiful day and we found some decent snow in the shade on Argenta.
Gian Luca and I climbed and skied Mount Superior (from the east ridge) at the end of ski season. So, it only seemed fitting to climb the rocky south ridge, to see what that was like, since it was a great October day.
Today was a beautiful blue bird day, and my friend Gian Luca and I enjoyed it by climbing and skiing Mount Superior. Mount Superior (11,132 feet) is my favorite mountain in the Wasatch. It is one of Salt Lake’s longest sustained runs. Its steep. And, since its across the street from Snowbird and Alta, its the mountain I always stared at while skiing at those resorts. So, anytime the avalanche conditions and weather are right, and I have a partner willing to climb it with me, Superior is where I go.
The weather pattern has finally returned back to normal…where it actually snows. We ended up getting 20-30″ over the week, which I was very excited about. So, I went touring with two friends from work, Brett and my italian friend Gian Luca. Unfortunately, the avalanche danger is still really high on steep north facing slopes (which happen to be the best slopes to ski), so I played it safe and went to Wolverine Bowl, again. This bowl has been great this year; because its high enough to get and keep snow, its a relatively sheltered open north east face, and its is not very steep (keeping the avalanche danger low in this one area). The temperature was nice and the sky was sunny. Turned out to be a really fun day.
I’ve been accessing Wolverine Bowl by heading up Grizzly Gulch, from Alta; and then across Patsey Marley Peak to the Wolverine Cirque ridge. Then, after traversing the ridge, I’ve been skinning up the south west face of Mount Wolverine, to a micro saddle just below the summit. When leaving, I’ve been heading south from the saddle between Mount Wolverine and Tuscarora Peak, skiing down into Alta Ski Resort (just below Catherine’s Pass).
I can’t believe it was January 4th before I got to ski untracked powder this season. Its been a pretty dismal snow year, so far. But, we finally got some snow, and even though it was only 5 degrees Fahrenheit, I went out and had some fun:
New Years Day was sunny and warm. So we got out for another family ski day.
Unfortunately, there’s not much snow in the Wasatch. And, where there is snow, on the north and north east faces…there’s high avalanche danger. Fortunately, Mount Wolverine (10,740 feet in elevation) has a low angle bowl facing north east, making it one of the better options this weekend. Meaning, its one of the few places that will have snow and low avalanche danger. Unfortunately, since its one of the few areas like this right now, it was also pretty well tracked out.