Just 4 days ago I was running in 70 degree temperatures and sunny weather, that was before “Brutus.” Starting last Friday a potent winter storm (“Brutus”) parked itself over portions of Northern Utah. As the intial snow reports came in the sledding community was abuzz with excitement. By the time the first foot was down, several local sledders had a mild seizure due to the over-excitement. At the 2 foot mark, my phone started to ring with messages about riding plans for the weekend. At this point, I held off on riding plans for the weekend, noting to my fellow riders my vast experience and citing the dangers of riding in 2 feet of powder with no base. On Saturday, lake effect snow from the Great Salt Lake kicked into full gear and the snow totals kept climbing. Somewhere between 3 and 4 feet, I did a 180 and changed my mind about the dangers of riding with no base. Suddenly I was leading the charge for a Monday ride and feverishly checking snow reports and webcams.
To be fair, we spent the entire day carving up the meadows and small ravines, avoiding any steep or technical terrain. Regardless, it was great to be out in the snow and we managed to find plenty of over-the-hood powder. A few notes from the first ride: 1.) The Klim Radius goggle is incredible, say goodbye to fogging and poor goggle/helmet fit!, 2.) If you thought the 2012 Polaris Pro RMK couldn't get any better, then you need to ride the 2013, 3.) If you haven't already, brush up on your avy skills, and 4.) It's on!
While we wait for the snow to settle and the next storms to roll in, enjoy a photos from our 2012-2013 kickoff ride:
Nick Reedy tearing it up
Epic day in the mountains
Champagne Utah Powder