Couple days to spare until the next work project starts and conditions as good as they can get in our region. Have always heard how good the trees were at Whitegrass and wanted to give it a go.
Started out with first chair at Canaan this morning still lightly snowing with peeks of blue.
Riders choice powder left or groomer right.
Found some great powder stashes inside the resort but decided it was time to put the white snowboard away and go grab big red as it just floats through the deep stuff so much easier especially with some pretty tired legs already from snowshoe.
Constantly monitored the gate out into the sidecountry and whitegrass not wanting to go solo being unfamiliar with the territory.
Finally found some tracks heading out around 10 and motored out to try and catch up.Just enough pitch to skate out to the pipe.
Run into a group of 3 cross country guys . Break out the camera and they start dropping knees and hoots like the were groms as they passed.The snow was deep!
On the snowboard I had the full on powder bounce going on my run not hitting bottom at all on about 1/2 the turns.
Very cool group of guys who've been skiing here for 30 years.
"Follow us well break trail just might not want to walk in the skinner once we get up to Bald Knob and into WG" . 10-4 ..
After storming for the last four days the sky completely broke upon our summit .
Very stunning .
Very very stunning.
Long story short we chatted at the shelter they gave me the best advise on how to get down on the board and not unstrap and walk.
Have to edit the POV clip i took of the first descent cause Im making some silly noises.
Heres the end of the run .Moderate pitch, untracked and fluffy.
Such a beautiful place .
Open powder trees everywhere.
I took the steep 2 part tree run and the guys took the longer meandering trail and I linked up with them in the meadow .
My turn .
Meadow skipping bliss.
Exiting One last shot of trees down onto the valley floor .
Eat a bunch of food ,put on lighter jacket rehydrate and hike back to the top.
Snack at the shelter and take the 20 minute descent after a 10 minute lift ride and 40 minute hike.
Well worth every step.(stepping over the skinner of course)