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March 22, 2014, Crystal
« on: 03/22/14, 09:26 PM »

Forecast was for 4000'FL and partly cloudy, I had difficulty getting out of bed to drive alone to Crystal and ski icy groomers.   As usual, "you don't know if you don't go!"  Blue skies and no wind at 830 when I parked in the front row of B (? the one below the road) lot.  Then a friend at the rental shop offered his 180cm Soul 7 mounted with Plum bindings for me to demo!!  Corderory groomers to start gave me a nice foot massage in my TLT5Ps.

Then I got on the Forest Queen chair and noticed a PNWbrit and Scotsman on either side of me, yikes.  They were headed to skin Silver Basin with Joedabaker by traversing to the top of Quicksilver lift.  Hmm, another testing opportunity, so I said I would try to catch up and headed to the base for some skins.  Wow the Rossi Pomoca skins are perfect, great grip and great glide, how is that possible?  Kinda like how can the Soul 7 be better than original S7, but it sure is.  I've decided it makes a bad skier good, a good skier great, and a great skier fantastic.  Scotty, let the DPS / Rossi arguing begin? Wink

Superb boot top soft powder over a smooth base on north facing slopes of Three Way Peak was my choice.  The other 20 folks in the basin seemed happy with their choices too, all untracked when they hit them.  Hourglass, Box Car, Joe's Badass Shoulder were some of the names I heard.  I had to return the Souls in the early afternoon so I only skinned a couple lines, then headed for Campbell Lodge restroom before trying some more lift assisted runs.  And who should appear but BrianT, so the two of us ran all over the area for an hour, Soul brothers.

Down to my car for light skis to skin the Crystal Nachtspektakel 330-530 with 75 happy skinners, some even first timers, as well as folks training for the Haute Route next week, an esteemed NWAC forecaster, Wednesday night BC ski class graduates, ex Vertfesters, and long time Crystal lift skiing locals on their rarely used super heavy touring gear, wow congrats, better you than lazy me.  Thanks Dynafit for loaner gear, including boots!, to the folks who needed it.   A meat and cheese appetizer plate with your beverage of choice greeted folks on arrival at the Summit Restaurant, followed by salad, then salmon pasta and a meat stew.  It was great to see old friends and make new ones.  (No dinner for me, I had to head home for rib eye steak, cabbage risotto, and a caesar salad.)   On the descent I found much crunchier conditions than the sunny day had made earlier.  Hope the crowd who descended in the dark after food and drink survived without incident.

Biggest skinning day for me this year for sure, I'm tired and sore (in a good way!)  Health issues in January and February limited me to lift skiing.  Sad   Apologies to my fellow readers who do not enjoy long winded reports.

Thanks friends for turning a doubtful, unknown start into a fantastic day.  Smiley  Tomorrow's weather is forecast to be just as good, perhaps open slopes other than due north will have some crust, tho.   Tree skiing might be soft and protected from sun, like Robie found yesterday?


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Re: March 22, 2014, Crystal
« Reply #1 on: 03/22/14, 09:39 PM »

Nice read Silas !
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Re: March 22, 2014, Crystal
« Reply #2 on: 03/22/14, 10:07 PM »

Thanks, Silas!  Glad you're back
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Re: March 22, 2014, Crystal
« Reply #3 on: 03/22/14, 11:04 PM »

The second pic freaks me out a bit.....not sure I would want to tangle with what went on there.
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Re: March 22, 2014, Crystal
« Reply #4 on: 03/22/14, 11:08 PM »

Good to see you Silas. I think you may have gotten more laps if you weren't Tweeting and blogging trip reports while you were skinning. I've never heard or seen a person get so much electronic communication while touring in my life!
Since you left early, Saw a lot of small slide activity turn big today as the heat came on mainly SE sunny faces, sadly the powder started to get bested by the March sun later I would not doubt a zipper crust on most all aspects tomorrow. Oh well fun while it lasted. Looks like the heat is on again Sunday.
Saw several skiers skiing the wetter slopes above each other and setting off slides on top of each other while skiing-hope something was taken away from that fracas. I sure learned something while watching.
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Re: March 22, 2014, Crystal
« Reply #5 on: 03/24/14, 06:17 PM »

A few event pictures:

https://plus.google.com/photos/103727466702143735136/albums/5994519345099245841

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