After skiing hard pack and sugar snow during the first stop of the
U.S Freesking Tour in Telluride this week, I was happy to hear it
started dumping in Utah. A couple of feet in a couple of days made for
some awesome skiing at Solitude for the annual Freeskier Magazine big
mountain ski test. We skied Pow laps off the Summit chair, switching
skis between runs. Although everything feels good in untracked Pow, Tom
Winter of Freeskier instructed us to be picky in order to get a
detailed evaluation of the skis. We mixed in some chopped up pow and a
little groomer action to see how they did in those conditions as well.
After getting our share on the front side, we decided to ski the back
of Evergreen for some more untracked snow. It was creamy pow deluxe!
Craving more and hearing rumors of Honeycomb Canyon opening, we headed
back up Summit chair. Then we traversed towards Black Forest and
dropped in on some more untracked lines. Untracked Pow was the perfect
cure for the shin bang I got competing over the weekend. There were few
people on the mountain, one of Solitude’s greatest attributes. The
abundant fresh snow, also what the resort is known for, had us happy
and hungry. We cruised down to Creekside, Solitude’s full-service lunch
spot, where I found that the calamari is so good that it will be gone
before you arrive… if your friends get there first. Now I’m off to the
next stop on the Freeskiing Tour. I’ll be back in Utah skiing the pow
in a few days!
The three photos above were shot by Chris Pearson.