update december 2013.
I am know a volunteer up and Arizona Snowbowl! I love Arizona Snowbowl!
Funny how life changes!
Never say Never!
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.
Finally got to use all the new toys – 4wd, teles and a splitboard!
Dara’s first teleturns in the backcountry!
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.