Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Full Moon on Wolverine Peak

It's been said that a full moon will cause strange behavior in animals of all kinds. For ski bums in the Wasatch, the same holds true. Last week, my friends and I toured up to Wolverine peak and skied some lunar lines off Wolverine bowl and back. With so much light, it was hard to believe it was 3:00 in the morning. With so much snow, it was hard to believe it was June 14th. It was a truly magical experience.

Max Lowe was able to capture some impressive images using prolonged exposures. Check it out.

It's hard to believe there's that much snow on southern-facing aspects in mid June!
We had to use moon glasses and moonscreen to shield off the piercing light

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The River

To fully enjoy the tremendous snow pack we have in the western United States right now, one must venture to where the water goes after it melts: The River.

I made it on a trip down Desolation Canyon on the Green River a couple weeks ago. The day we got off the river, it was running at 30,000 cubic feet per second and rising. This is the biggest flow of water I've ever seen on the Green.

Check out these photos of our crew on Joe Hutch Rapid. Big thanks to Dave Inskeep for the photos.

The day after we got back I made my way up to Snowbird and realized there was still a 20 foot deep snow pack in the upper mountains. I snapped this photo with my GoPro at the top of Snowbird's Twin Peaks hike. This might be the best summer skiing we'll ever get in the Wasatch.