It's mid January. Where are you Ullr?
Despite the lack of snow the past 7-10 days, the reason why I love ski touring: powder turns a week after a storm. Farmington Canyon isn't exactly the best for ski touring, but has some fun terrain if you know where to look. I made a couple of quick runs off the ridge that drains down to deep creek up Farmington Canyon. The bushes on the hillside made some pillows there were fun skiing. A steep skin track out, back down to Farmington Creek, then back to the car.
Still some soft fresh snow to be had if you're willing to sweat a bit.
It was pretty warm up there. My thermometer measured 37 at 4 pm. It is nice to get out of the soupy valley air and up in the clean mountain air during these inversions. For 1/16, the snowpack is really meager though. Just enough to ski at 8,000 feet. Sorta brushy, but no rocks and some soft protected powder.
Brushy, but fun.
Blech. We have to live in that soup.
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