Early 2016 Season Snowboarding at Snowbird and Brighton

1 0 591

For perspective we are only at about 95% of average for snowfall so far this season.  These powder shots are just “average” or even slightly “below average” for Utah.   I’n the past month I’ve  done lots of resort riding, splitboarding and even some pow surfing.  I have been so lucky to ride so much with my family and friends.  It’s nice for a  41 year old weekend warrior like me to have the storms line up with my holiday vacations.  Let’s just say I took advantage of my time off!

RESORT RIDING

trevor4

They call this zone “Hokkaido” at Brighton. Obviously named after pow zones of Japan.

sam4

My teenage son throwing up pow plumes at Snowbird.

three

Snowbird can be frustrating with closures, crowds, angry tourists and locals, but sometimes you will have the run of your life that keeps you going back!

mel2

My wife rips Snowbird! Give it up to the mom shredders out there!

bird14

Avalanche danger had many frustrating closures at Snowbird and I wasn’t about to venture out in the backcountry either.

dave1

The catwalks made for some fun jumps at Snowbird!

lift3

Snowbird

jonas2Brighton

lift2

Brighton

 

POW SURFING, NO BINDINGS

dropping3

About to drop without bindings.  Yes my heart is pounding.  You really have to think about your line.  It is not like you can come to an instant stop like you can on your snowboard.  You really have to surf the mountain, think ahead even more than usual.  It is super addicting.

track10

You can see my line in the center.  Not to brag but I think it is so much more fluid than the ski and snowboard tracks to my skiers left and right.

track8

Deep powder turns on a board without bindings might be the ultimate high in powder snowboarding and skiing.

shadow2

Self portrait

SPLITBOARDING

dan9

jon1

sun5

dubs2

dubs4

wind2

dan13

dan14

drew1

mtn10

rich4

dan8

ryan4

hike6

dan15

dan13 (1)

me1

Always grateful to get a shot of me.  I invested in an airbag this season.  Float 22 BCA.  Good day pack, but pack light.  the Float 32 might be better for those that like to pack a bit more than the essentials.

 

  • : Standard
  • :

Leave a Reply