January 1, 2019
Kevin’s first day taking snowmobile laps!!! Kevin, Karl, Marshell, Julien and I lapped the Mennehaha trees! Happy New Year!! What a sick way to start off the year!! And it was a POW DAY!!!!!! It snowed about 25cm up there!! It took us three hours to get up there. It was a super chill day! Took our time all day!! Kevin killed it in the POW!! We started from the first shot and worked our way over taking everyone to wide open fresh POW!!! The first lap just him and I went! He quickly started to figure out how to snowboard the deep fresh snow! Then Julien, Karl, and Marshell went. I showed Kevin a little bit of snowmobiling in the basin!! Dove him right into it! Had him follow me down the south face into the basin, rip around in pow, and climb a little hill!!! He did a great job!!! On the next lap Kevin, Marshell, and I went!!!! We rode the ridge over to the fourth shot!!! It was a blank canvas!! I let Kev drop first!!! At the top I was like go for it dude and if you are having a good time it opens up to the right and keep going!!! He dropped it and slayed it!!! And kept going down the wide open shot!!!!! It was so sick!! Kevin led the charge down this shot of fresh powder, blowing up snow everywhere, taking faceshots, with Marshel and I right behind him!!! All of us screaming as we rode through the steep trees soooooo stoked!!! We had a great lunch in the Respect Hut. Smoked a J and a blunt, made some soup, ate summer sausage, turkey sandwiches, and drank hot chocolate!!! We took a few more laps till about 4PM or so when it got cold as fuck!!! Crazy good POW day in the backcountry!!! What a way to bring in the new year!!! POWWWWW 2017/2018 season edit! Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uUNYBD1Glc&t=51s
About 25cm of new snow in the Mennehaha Basin area. We skied the North trees and snow was holding well, but this zone gets skied and tracked a lot. The day started off with very low visibility and snowing, but broke to a beautiful Colorado bluebird POW day! Coal Bank got hit the hardest from the storm with totals well over 30cm. It seemed like the storm came in from the South, stopped when it hit Coal Bank, and just dumped on everything from Coal Bank, Purgatory, and South!!! Definitely a storm slab on all aspects! There was a storm slab avalanche on the South face in the Mennehaha Basin that broke to ground from just above tree line. Once the storm cleared, it was sunny and not very windy at all.
I just started putting snow reports at the bottom of the days post. I am no snow expert. We are just out here getting after it everyday and I would love to share my observations to the beautiful ski community!! Be safe! Take faceshots!!!!!
Natural Storm Slab Avalanche SW Face Mennehaha Basin 1/1/19