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Spring is our winter

Published on March 29, 2006 by

Just got back from seeing the movie V for Vendetta. I recommend it.
Welp tomorrow will be day 10 of AZ spring fun on snow. I wish every spring is like this. Trippy sand-snow was had in the trees and on upper white lightning this morning… Goggles needed because I was spraying that shit like it was mine.
Much fun on the bikes is just around the corner:
2006 AZ Races and Rides

 
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Ski Free

Published on March 26, 2006 by

Tracks going down and up Art and Sazi
Hard to believe the above pics were taken yesterday and that there is still soft untracked-powder in AZ, but they were and there is, respectively. The snow was a little thick from the warm weather but mostly awesome and very fast. This powder is at 11,500-12,000 feet so it took some (non-lift-assisted) work to get too. There were 7 of us in this bowl (best bowl to smoke) including 3 teleskiers, 1 splitboarder (self) and 3 snowboarders. Two of the snowboarders launched a 10 foot drop: the first guy stuck it and the second guy got some mid-air style but blew the landing and tumbled end-over-end for 40 feet before stopping.

Kachina Peaks looking into the inner basin

8 total days of AZ snowboarding this “winter”.
7 of those days in fresh untracked snow including epic days in Humphreys Cirque, ripping it in the steep and deep pow pow.
1 day in untracked snowbowl-groomed corduroy after hiking up to get a climbing skin I lost in the woods on the day before.
Climbing with skins or snowshoes is hard work but there are no lines, no fees, and we get rewarded with untouched soft snow…

 
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No Rain In Sedona

Published on March 19, 2006 by

The 3rd Annual Sedona Circumcision went off great. 7 hours total trail-time. The only folks that got rained out yesterday where those who listened to the weather woMan. Yesterday morning it was snowing at home in Flagstaff, and I too had listened to the woMAN and was very hesitant to drive down yesterday morning, but the young punks (BElair, Frostbite Joe, OldSchoolZack and Clark) got me stoked and we got Circumcised. Jeff broke his frame and could not finish but it was his first time on Sedona Singletrack and I am sure he will be back. Yep never snowed or rained on us. Don’t listen to the man…

 
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Another Storm

Published on March 16, 2006 by

March 18th update: The percent chance for rain was lowered so might as well drive down and maybe see what happens. May make the whole loop afterall. We shall see.

Another Storm may affect the Sedona Circumcision and Humphreys Cirque.
Well another storm is on the way and this could cause problems for the Sedona ride on Saturday. I will likely make a decision later Friday night if the ride is to be canceled and hopefully we can reschedule if that happens. Check the site Friday night to find out if we are on or not…
Speaking of storms – I went up to Humphreys Cirque at 11,500 feet searching for the steep and deep with Art Keith, the Gnome and Paul the canyon ranger who we met during the tour. We dug a test pit and the 6 to 8 feet 0f snow from last weekends storm was very stable. On our second run we ripped out this beautiful north facing couloir shaped like a steep-powder luge. Mr. Gnome went first and he made some big-beautiful snowboard powder-spraying turns up both sides of the bermed couloir. Big powder grins all around.

 
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Cinder Cone Love

Published on March 13, 2006 by

update december 2013.
I am know a volunteer up and Arizona Snowbowl! I love Arizona Snowbowl!
Funny how life changes!
Never say Never!
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Snowboarding in the cinder cones is loving the cinder cones. The past three days I did some terrific snowboarding on the extinct volcanoes northeast of town. Early this morning I found out that snowboarding is illegal in Sunset National Park. The ranger was very nice and did not give me a ticket. If I knew it was illegal I certainly would not have gotten caught!
I got some great sunrise pics this morning and will post later. Below are some pics from Saturday and Sunday. Dara even busted out her new teleskis. How cool is it that her first day on her teles and she skis the backcountry on fresh untracked snow between 7500 and 7000 feet with the family! That would be Sazi and self. Oh and did I say she made some good turns and smiled the whole time! This is why I married her and this is why I live in Flagstaff.

getting ready
Finally got to use all the new toys – 4wd, teles and a splitboard!

Dara's first backcounty day on teles
Dara’s first teleturns in the backcountry!

my second run on sunday
I love this pic. Click for the bigger size and you can see my “artwork” carving down the hill. On some hard turns I busted through to the pumice gravel but pumice gravel is fairly soft and lite so my board suffered no long-term damage. The feel reminded me of the one day I carved on some cool springtime ice-ball gravel snow in New Zealand.
What a storm! Looks like there is about 7 feet of new snow up above 11,000! Will hit that in a day or two after steep deep slopes stabilize… and I have time to skin that high on the split-board.
I hope the snowbowl road gets plowed but the resort does not open. Maybe they will get sick of dry years, close down, and the forest service will plow the road and charge people to drive up. I would gladly pay $5 a pop (free for bicycles) to drive up and play in the untracked snow. We could even create art on the rusting lift-chair towers. Ok from now on I will refer to snowbowl road as FS road 516. The forest SERVICE own’s it not, snowhole. I love the people that work for snowbowl but they would all have more fun hiking/skining up with epicriders and playing in the untracked snow.

 
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