Another day, another cold dump of snow! La Niña delivers again, and with a powder kitty fresh from the vet, our enthusiasm was as thick as two-stoke smoke. On the other hand, the new snow is bonding poorly or inconsistently with a rain crust and the alpine is out of the question… Not to worry though, as we know the way to some super-safe powdery-pillow-goodness out in Teepee Town.
Work or play? Ideally, both.
Kitty – fresh off a clutch transplant and a-arm surgery. Meeeeeeeooooooow!
Snow ponies can run on dirt too, but it makes them even hungrier for money.
We’re having a much better day than this elk, but probably a worse day than the cougar hiding in the woods. Prey on, predator, just not on us.
This session is brought to you by the letter K, the beer out here, and Blackbird, the perfectly toasted sandwich out here.
Our gracious hosts sample some tasty bumps. Freshness confirmed, slay on!
Synchronized tandem powder blasting – this is not their first lap.
Damn, I forgot the matching duffel at home… (photo by Fil)
Standing tall without bindings
Staying low and dragging hand without bindings (photo by Fil)
Perfect powder essssssss carve
When in doubt, straightline to the next pillow. (photo by Fil)
Dodging and weaving
Pro tip for people used to holding ski poles – use your forearm to deflect the stream of powder blasting your face. (photo by Fil)
Carve on and on and on…
Slowly adapting to this strange new form of transport. (photo by Fil)
Some serious mountain bad-assery.
The old straightline-until-you-have-speed-to-turn technique.
Frontside grab to superflat compression: totally getting the hang of this. (photo by Fil)
Taking some last runs tips from the local course pros…
…and paying respect to the benevolent stewards of this sacred land of bumps.