Tales from the Hinterland: 2013/2014 edition

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TFTH, 12/18/13: there and back again.

When I check the snow-depth-o-meter this morning, it was obvious that I had consumed way too much coffee and really needed to go for a ski. I decided to do a full "perimeter check" and visit a few favourite hills along the way:


Further investigation revealed that the temperature was lining up with the snow depth to produce ideal conditions: a "blue day," as I like to call it:


The dog wimped out due to the snow depth. Left without a photo subject, I resorted to taking pictures of my skis breaking trail:


It was a long slog but I finally made to Secret Hill. This more exposed aspect takes a little longer to get "in condition" than our other glade, Bonk Hill. More pruning is definitely needed:


Nevertheless, turns were made but I only took one run down this glade today:


Across the valley i skied, up to the summit of Telemark Hill. Even though Utah the dog was asleep back at the house, I did a few turns around Utah's Rock:


Retracing my steps and carrying on, I hit the west face of Telemark Hill, down towards the bog:


Scenic it may look, but the ski across the bog was a bit of a suffer-fest. Imagine skiing through a foot of fresh snow that is suspended by marsh grass and shrubbery over a giant air pocket:


On reaching the other side, it was time for a break:


I looped back towards our other glade, Bonk Hill. Believe it or not, there is a lovely little powder stash hidden on that ridge in the background:


There was some up, and some down. The down is much more fun:


And so, like a Hobbit, I went there and back again, setting the trails for future adventures this winter:







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Harvey Harvey
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That looks awesome.  Snow is gold!
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Telemark Dave Telemark Dave
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Since returning to the 9-5 working world from a free-to-ski whenever I want life of self-employment, I've had to become more flexible and creative in getting in snow time.

Last night on the way home I stopped at a local Nordic trail system just off the highway.   There was only one other car in the parking lot, and as I pulled in, a headlamp wearing skier appeared out of the woods....He offered an enthusiastic thumbs-up - then proceeded packing up as I geared up to take his place on the unlit trails....



It was snowing lightly, and therefore no moonlight to show the way...



A good headlamp is crucial.  I use a Petzl Myo XP.  Good for both trail skiing and poaching ski hill powder on AM dawn patrols...



Lots of signs show the way ...



skiing through the snow clad pines is very surreal...the pic just doesn't do it justice.



That's all for now.  

TD

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Telemark Dave wrote
skiing through the snow clad pines is very surreal...the pic just doesn't do it justice.

Holy moly, that is is about as surreal as it gets.
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Day 12 in a row, on the snow today.  Day 20 this season!  What a change from last years abysmal start.  

Got to try the Chargers this AM on very consolidated styrofoam pow that concealed some granite nasties.. Ouch... (The skis talking.. ).  
This aft I went for a 12k track set ski.  Nice touch of soft new snow on some very glazed tracks.  The yin-yang of my morning-afternoon skiing is such a great feeling... A very tired feeling.. No staying up for 2014, it will come soon enough tomorrow and with it, a whole new ski year.  Happy New year to all the Harvey Roaders.  


TD

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Due to a rather nice snow accumulation overnight my return to work this AM has been cancelled....

By me.  

I suspect there might be some skiing happening very soon.

TD
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Telemark Dave wrote

Due to a rather nice snow accumulation overnight my return to work this AM has been cancelled....

By me.  

I suspect there might be some skiing happening very soon.

TD
Don't forget to wait until the snowplow has come and gone...

More coming tonight. May have to do a little night skiing after the snowblowing.

Very windy up here in the highlands.
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In case some of you are forgetting what real snow looks like, here are some pics from this morning. Sadly, I had to go to work so I will leave it to TD for the ski report.

This may be a new record for the Hinterlandian Snow-depth-o-meter:


The dog slays some pow on the way to the bird feeder:


I have been stockpiling snow and am thinking about going into the export business:
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It was good.   Really good.  
I'm going to have difficulty keeping the grin off my face tommorow at work.  



TD
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The Chargers love that don't they!
Gotta go to know
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