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Saturday, December 22, 2012

First Ski Trip of the Season - Copper Mountain

We are excited to have Taylor-O home for the Christmas break but needed to get out and ski.  So Saturday, Tam decided to stick around the house with Taylor while Dylan and I decided to head up to Copper to check out the conditions.

We arrived at the parking area just before 9AM to relatively calm, but cloudy conditions. 

As we heading up the hill, the clouds, wind and snow started moving in. 

Dylan lead the way as he charged up the hill following an established set of skin tracks.  I huffed and puffed while trying to keep up.  You'd think with all the trips up Cervidae lately that it would be easier.  Must be the altitude.

As we got higher the wind really picked up and we had horizontal snow blowing in our faces.  You have got to love horizontal snow!  Since it was blowing like crazy we decided to not continue up to the summit and stopped just above the lunch tree.  Once there, we pulled our skins and took turns heading down.

The snow was absolutely fantastic!  Boot top powder over a great base.  In no time we were down the hill quite a ways with big smiles on our faces.  We quickly put the skins back on and headed back up the mountain for another lap.

Once we made it back up to the lunch tree again we huddled in out of the wind and snow to share a chicken salad sandwich and a cup of tea.  It was time to continue up a bit further to make another lap.  As Dylan was clipping into his bindings he discovered that one skin was not adhering to the ski.  Crap!  How do you fix this?  We had no clue on a repair and now could not continue up. So stripped the skins and headed down for the last run.

The snow was still fabulous and even better once we were in the trees.  In no time we were down.

Unfortunately, we were so caught up in the great snow that we went down a little too far and had to do a little extra walking to get back to the car.  Oh well, no worries.

It was a great start to the season, hopefully it just gets better!

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Well, not slacking in the sense that we haven't been doing anything lately, but slacking in the sense that I haven't been updating this blog.  This is for the six of you may happen to read this thing.

With the ski season yet to start we have been trying to keep in shape to be prepared for when we get the opportunity to make a few laps. 

A little over a month ago, Tam and I visited John up in McCall for a little snowshoe trip to Snowslide Peak.  You can read the trip report here: http://www.splattski.com/2012/snowslide/index.html

Here are a few of my pictures of the trip.
Smiling faces!

Tam powering up the trail
Snowslide Lake

Summit View

The following week, Dyan and I went up to visit John again for a hike up Pollack Mountain.  Again thanks to John for doing a trip report: http://www.splattski.com/2012/pollock/index.html

Here are a few of my photos from that trip:

Dylan and John snacking
In the fog
Almost to the summit
Damn, I look good!
On Thanksgiving Day we got out on a pre-meal hike/climb of Stack Rock outside of Bogus Basin.  John wasn't with us on this trip, so no trip report.  Note the lack of snow:

Our first view of Stack Rock

Tam wondering what we got her into

Stack Rock

Heading up

Made it!

Summit shot

Over the Thanksgiving weekend Dylan and I got out to do some chukar hunting in addition I headed to Cervidae for some conditioning.  I made it up the 2000 feet and 2.5 miles in 52:30 and was feeling good about myself.

The following week Dylan and I headed back to Cervidae with him trying to run up it and me doing my best to draft him.  He made it car to car in 1:05 and I made it to the top in 50:10 and car to car in 1:25. Still trying for that 45 minute summit.

Today (12/8/12) we woke up to an inch of snow on the ground and our objective was Shaw Mountain.  Shaw is actually part of the Boise foothills and we've been up it a few years ago.  We took off in the cold wind and made good time up and the Squaw Creek trail.

Summit Shot

The love of my life!
It turned out to be a great day.  Cold, windy, with occasional snow flurries.  Dylan and I summited in 2:10 and  we met up with Tam a couple of hundred feet below the summit.  Total time was four hours and we travelled 10 miles and gained 3000 feet!

We should be in shape for some skiing - just need a bit more snow.

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