Soldier Mountain is a small "mom & pop" ski hill just an hour from my house. These gems are fading with all the big budget ski resorts. I love supporting and riding at these types of small operations. I bought a season pass and by my second time coming through the lift line the lift attendant all ready knew my name and was waving me through. I true locals spot. Yes there is only 2 love seat style Slow lifts but the terrain is pretty fun with most people staying and the beating path. Just like any small ski hill, if you can look behond the obvious...you might find some good stashes. This was my first day riding here and I found plenty. The snow was heavy wet hot pow, but better than no pow.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Its been a little over 7 years since I have been back to the Arizona Snowbowl. This is the very first place I learned to ride back in 1998. Pretty sure my friend Rob was there too. Snowbowl was really the main reason I chose to go to school at Northern Arizona University. This place has endless possibilities when it snows...thanks to snow making the Bowl will be open every Thanksgiving weekend from here on out. Can't wait to get back here in an El Nino year storm cycle..thats when this place goes off. If you ever visit AZ in the winter don't forget about this gem of a mountain. Look beyond the main runs and you will find paradise when there is good snow coverage. Here is few pics and little edit from last Tuesday...notice there is nobody on the hill...midweek is quite up there. Enjoy and Pray for Pow.
|Rob and I|
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Day 3: Consisted of Route Planning through terrain and more snow observations. Another 30cm of new snow on top of an already very week layer kept us to low angle slopes. Just another day in Japan...at least thats what it felt like. Deep turns and a few face shots. Stoked to be on Pow again.
Traveling from the hut to the trail head was interesting on a snowboard as there where lots of ups and down...but managed to make it with a little one foot action. Overall a great trip and can't wait to get back up to the Williams Peak Hut for another trip or Course.
Hoping to take this Chute style course in Late April... http://sawtoothguides.com/winter-courses-instruction/ski-mountaineering-camp/ Anyone want to join?