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Pictures From the Skintrack

Smear

Getting off the lift
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The kids walked up on XC-skis with climbing skins and the adults had an extra set of alpine skis/boots on and in the backpack.

Where were the kids alpine skis on the way up?

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On our adult backpacks together with their alpine boots, helmets and alpine clothing for skiing down. They typically walk up in in XC-skiing clothing to not overheat. Yes it's a bit of a drag for us parents but it's a good workout and kind of eliminates the fitness differences. Our 10-year old carryies nothing, our 12-year old gets a 40L backpack with light stuff like helmets and her own snack and drinks. Otherwise, she has way to much energy...

Done this way it's no problem going 1000+ vertical meter as long as the track is soft and easy.

I actually have a pair of fritschi freeride that I could mount on her skis. But walking in Rossi 70 SC with heavy frame bindings would probably kill the joy of this for anything but very short tours. She has 60-70 ski days in a season but only 4-5 of those days will be alpine touring so touring boots and dynafit bindings doesn't make sense to us at this point. Perhaps in a few years.
 

Rainbow Jenny

Making fresh tracks
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May snowfall, got a late start, but it was a pleasant day skinning up Mt Judah of Sugar Bowl. Security prevented us from parking close to the lodge, but we moved to further away to access the mountain.
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We made Mt Judah subpeak, Sierra Nevada range to the south.
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Donner Lake below a cornice
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Forest Service gals documenting white bark pines, listed as endangered since January.
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4ster

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should!
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Back out this morning on the other side of the highway. Beautiful day & not bad for June 3rd!

Round Top Peak…
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A couple of laps in the Elephants Back zone…
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Red Lake Peak above the tip of my ski & the Carson range in the far distance. The L shaped sliver on the lookers right of Red Lake Peak is the bottom of where I skied the other day…
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4ster

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Same zone this morning for 3 short laps, maybe my last out there. Beautiful morning but threatening rain by the time I was back at the car.

The suncups on the approach & especially the return are a new kind of challenge…
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steeper slopes are smoother & still skiing pretty well…
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Mothertucker

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Going back in the time machine for this one, early March, there was no skinning involved since I used lifts for access and boot packed out. We have some great terrain, but a lot of it faces dead South and can get cooked quickly. I have wanted to ski this line for years and scouted it the day prior, it needs to be a big year and timing is critical. Scout day and entry point.

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Sugarloaf Mt., just 48 feet short of 10k and highest in Big Bear.
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I wish I had a helmet cam and a pair of verts that day, a lot of wallowing getting out.
 
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How was the snow? The gully looks pretty treacherous for a slide.
Are those reverse camber 110 Wndr’s?
Snow was great, I just had to watch for my sluff in the choke, so I shot through quickly and didn't stop. I've had the Vital100 for two seasons, opted for camber and this is the middle of a 3 pair bc quiver. It's my go to bc ski and I like it a lot, versatile probably best describes it. Video from a later date.
 

Slim

Making fresh tracks
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Slow start? Here in Minnesota and over in Montana where I was this past week there is nothing!
 

Primoz

Skiing the powder
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I guess we got one of those years, where I will be spending most of my backcountry days in Austria, and not in my home mountain. We still have some 30 to 40cm of snow up in mountains, which is way too little for any kind of skiing (except for xc skiing on 3km loop made from mixture of last years snow and what they managed to make in single cold week we had this "winter"). But 1.5h drive north into Austria, they got 2 huge dumps caused by "Nordstau", and conditions were great until now. Last few days, when I was laying home sick, they got another 1m of fresh snow but with winds up to 200km/h, it means it's going to be super tricky in next few days, when I hope I will be good enough to go there again.
But until now, I had few super cool days there.

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That was first day of the season on beginning of December, and first 50cm of powder higher up. It's been a bit late start, but it was actually worth waiting :)

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Across the valley is our first mountain and while snow was just too good, we had to do another climb to this side for another 500 or so height meters of really great descent. These two guys were not so enthusiastic on the end of this second climb anymore as they were down in valley. Obviously old guys like me, have more endurance then kids nowadays :ogbiggrin:

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Two weeks, and another meter of snow later, only some 10km from previous photos, was probably best day in last 2 years. On bottom it didn't look all that good, but higher we hiked better snow was turning on.

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Looking down the other side from top of first mountain. We were actually considering going toward this at start, but when I was looking from top, I was happy we didn't, as conditions on other side of mountain looked a bit more sketchy from top, and snow would probably be worse then what we had.

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I still know how to make good photo, even if I had just phone with me. And friend finally have photo of himself where it looks like he even knows how to ski :roflmao: But that was only time I stopped in this run. After that it was for me perfect 400 height meters of waist deep super light powder, really steep terrain and super nice GS turns all the way down. As I wrote, probably best day on skis in last 2 years.

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One more climb to top of another mountain.

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It was first day with these awesome rockets. They might be slightly heavy on way up, especially when I try to keep up with my group of mountain goats, but for down... they are worth every drop of sweat on climb. They ski so good in such conditions, I don't regret extra few grams I need to drag up.
After this photo, I had another 20km on xc skis next day, and then I was "enjoying" 3 days in bed with covid. But week later I'm all good and ready for some more (I hope) :ogbiggrin:
 

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