Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Snowcrest/Kratka Ridge 3-26-2011

OK, I guess we'll start from here
Cary cutting out a block for an avy test.
Slow down Cary it's a 25 mph zone up ahead!
Snow wheels are awesome
The walk back to the truck
Props to Cary for getting a picture of me on my feet!
Cary and I had such a blast 2 weeks ago at Snowcrest we decided to go back and ski some of the different more challenging runs.  On our drive there, 3 miles from the Snowcrest area we encountered 3 cones blocking off the road.  Hmm, the road looked perfectly fine to us.  After little debate we decided to drive around them and check out why the put the cones blocking the road.  About a mile down we quickly found out.  Snow!  The road had not been cleared/plowed.  Last week a storm dumped about 5 feet of snow on the area and the snow plow only cleared Hwy 2 up to Waterman ski area, which is 3 miles from Snowcrest.

Cary and I dumped our gear off at the end of the road where it met the snow.  We drove back to the cones and parked the truck.  We walked down the road and skinned up our skis and toured the last 2 miles to the Snowcrest.  It was an unexpected detour but it was good practice skinning of flat surfaces.  A little over an hour and a half later we arrived at Snowcrest (a deserted ski area).  We had a blast last time we were here and we thought it would be even better due to the recent storm.  It was nice to see the place completely blanketed with a good 4 feet of snow.  But unfortunately the skiing conditions were not so great.  There was a semi hard crust as the top layer and then about 4 feet of very soft snow below it.  We found this out when Cary dug a pit to perform an avy test.  While skiing our skis sank in just a little to feel like they were stuck in grooves.  I took many spills coming down because I felt my skis were stuck in a rut or something.  Cary even did a face plant (on much steeper terrain) as well which made me feel a little better.  It was frustrating eating crap left and right when just 2 weeks ago I was skiing the same runs much better.  Oh well, as Cary says "a bad day in the mountains is always better than a day of work!"  

After a few hours at Snowcrest we toured back to the end of the plowed road where we put our gear on our backs and walked the last mile.  Even though it was a frustrating day it was still fun.  There were beautiful clouds covering the snow capped mountains and other than running into 2 snowshoers on the snow covered road we had the place all to ourselves.

**I purchased a helmet camera with my REI dividend. Unfortunately most of the footage I recorded was me eating it:-)  Once I get better at skiing it will be awesome to use!  I plan to attach it to my surfboard as well and start posting some of my surf sessions too!

Trip Notes:
Start: 8am at Waterman overflow parking lot
1.5 hours walk/skin to Snowcrest
1.5 hours back
End: 4:00 at the parking lot

Cary's Photos
Todd's Photos

Note:  Many edits were made to create this movie:-)


Holly Teetzel said...

Ohmygosh - that is so cool! I love the helmet cam (had to LOL at your faceplants - sorry.) The w/a lens makes it look like you're always skiing on a ridge - breathtaking. And I loved how your skis looked curved in the beginning of the video. The snow might now have been ideal, but the scenery sure was. Hope that made the trip worthwhile. btw, what's a snow wheel? Great post :-)

Todd said...

Thanks! A snow wheel is a piece of snow that breaks off usually off a steep slope and rolls up like a fruit roll up:-)

Holly Teetzel said...

How neat. But, I wouldn't want to be in its path once it's gathered steam! Love your photo of it, though.

Erik said...

Ronan loved the video. The helmet cam is awesome - I think that I need to get one.