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  1. I'm more of an after-exertion drinker myself. Sometimes I'll have a drink at lunch during a ski day. In 2019 my son and I did the short hike to ski off the true summit at Crested Butte. When we got up there a guy was smoking a cigarette and drinking a can of beer. I said to him, good idea with the beer. He said the cig and beer were the favorite brands and tribute to a friend who had recently passed. CB summit is to the right: In Feb 2020 I was at Grand Targhee on a beautiful day and on my last run I passed some guys drinking beer off the side of the trail at th
  2. Jumping through my travel timeline to share a photo from yesterday, 27May2021. I began the return trip east, this is Canyonlands National Park UT. All natural light and colors in this photo taken from Grandview trail about 8PM. Above photo taken from a trail that follows the edge of cliff on the right side of this photo:
  3. Most of the ski areas in Utah close around Apr 10-20 so I tried to get to a few of them before then. April 9th at Deer Valley was super sunny and warmed to about 45 degs with light crowds. Fun stuff. Stein's Way, they named the most scenic run after THE man. This is up off the Empire Chair At one point we saw 4 or 5 similarly dressed young women heading into Stein's Lodge. I started to say to my buddies, "look at all the neon." When one of them heard me and yelled out, "the Neon Girls are back!" Sampling the local brewski Got a kick out of
  4. I returned to Utah in late March. This time I brought my wife. She's a retired skier, but a very important member of the team in more ways than one. She designed and blueprinted the remodeling of the basement of my son's SLC house into an in-law-suite and served as general contractor for the project. We're the test case for the shakedown of the made-over basement (new bath, kitchenette, 2nd laundry room, etc.). About 50% of the basement was unfinished before last year. Most of the heavy contractor work took place last summer during the covid lockdown timeframe. That actually w
  5. Ran into a couple of turkeys while I was out bike riding yesterday evening.
  6. Around the 1st of March I got to ski for a few days with a friend who is a physician and hospital official. It was his first and only chance to ski since the pandemic started. Taking a bunch of lift rides with him (masked and vaccinated) I came to understand that he'd been through heck the last year. I really admired his dedication while putting himself and family at great risk and sacrifice. So glad he had a nice time on his ski vacation and caught good conditions too. A true health care hero! Mark Malu trail View of Mt. Timpanogos from Mineral Basin. Go
  7. Here are a few more photos of my son from Feb 28 powder day at Snowbird, Red Lens Line and Thunder Bowl areas: The Upper Cirque area gets much more accessible when the snow is good: And one he took of me: A friend took this shot of me on a packed powder day on 26 Feb 2021. Also from Feb 26, two friends skiing in Banana Woods off the Gad 2 chair. Lots of user-friendly woods off the Gad 2 chair at Snowbird. It's my favorite place during storms or low viz days. ...to be continued.
  8. INTRO I thought I'd contribute in my own way to the vibrancy of this great website by providing some content, hopefully interesting content. This will be a summary via photos and text of my time spent in Utah this winter. The focus will be mostly on skiing, but I'll try to include a few outstanding non-ski topics and photos of interest to travelers. I may take several days making various posts in this thread to flesh out my approximately 3.5 month stay. I'm still in Utah and still skiing, but tomorrow, May 9 is the end of daily ski operations at Snowbird. For the rest of t
  9. Great thread. I'm in Utah and still skiing frequently for another month or so. I'm making up for a late start. I didn't get my first lift served day until Feb 19, 2021. But this season posed some unique and sometimes wrenching problems. I'm the guy that tries to post as many mouthwatering ski photos as possible, but this winter was very humbling for me. I became the guy sitting on the sidelines. My usual plan in recent years is to remain in the east for early season, ski locally a few times, and then go west to Utah for an extended stay and more skiing. As I was planning to do a a
  10. I got to ride with a Yeti today at Snowbird!
  11. Love the ease of photo posting on this site, but some other sites have progressed in that area recently. The chatter seems to be happening on AZ this winter. Not sure what to say, but appreciate your efforts?
  12. I never get tired of this view, Snowbird's Mineral Basin with Mt. Timpanogos in the background, 4 Mar 21: A friend took this shot of me in ski photog mode yesterday on Great Scott at Snowbird, UT:
  13. Pretty view from Little Cloud bowl, Snowbird, UT, 2 Mar 21
  14. Today was a pretty special day at Snowbird, it snowed more than a foot yesterday and my son and I got into terrain that had not been opened to the public in a couple weeks, so it skied much deeper than that. This is around Tiger Tail and Thunder Bowl towards the lookers right on the frontside of the mtn.
  15. Was up at Snowbird today, 2/23/2021. I have figured out the parking reservation system. Basically, on normal weekdays without significant fresh snow you can get a reservation the night before or even morning of, with no problem. In a few more weeks you might be able to do that for weekends too. It was a low vis AM, here this dude is scoping out Upper Cirque. Around 1PM it went from ugly to pretty in a hurry. This is the first day I've gotten to ski the terrain off Road to Provo. It was closed for a few days after the big storm last week.
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