Fighting the Storm

Posted by piphunt on January 28, 2010 in Adventures of Pip, skiing |

Despite the powder that finally hit Little Cottonwood Canyon with the recent systems of storms, fresh snow doesn’t necessarily mean safe snow. Over 80 inches have fallen in the past week and half, but the weak layers beneath the snow pack have rocketed avalanche conditions. Two people have died and others have been injured in the past week. Alta’s patrol has been working extra hard to ensure safe conditions. Last Friday, Re Wikstrom , Shaun Raskin , Paige Brady and I headed up to Alta hoping to capture some storm shots. We weren’t able to get early ups due to the avie conditions, but we did get to watch Ono and the Alta patrol bomb Mt. Baldy with the old Korean War Era gun.

Waiting for the bang

It was an incredible experience to stand so close to the guns as the were firing them! Definitely an adrenaline rush. Plus we got a couple pow turns in before the Wildcat was turned loose. Thanks Ono!

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