lordhelmut wrote:First time you take a run down the Cirque or High Baldy Chutes off the Tram after a 20 inch, low density dump, your life instantly changes, whether you realize it or not. I remember standing in the Tram line all teary eyed after getting up early and obtaining the very first tracks on the mountain last spring in the middle of a weeklong, 108" blizzard. Big and Little Cottonwood are truly a life altering experience.
1) Goggles need to closely contour against your face. Snow goes up any cracks by the nose quite readily.
2) When hiking High Baldy, your skis go on your right shoulder so that your left hand is free to cover your face from the prevailing wind.
3) Choking on a snow isn't a hilarious figurative concept. It's very real and it screws up otherwise awesome runs.
4) 80% of the Snowbird Ragdoll Squadron believe the resort consists of the Cirque and mid-Baldy. They will abandon the resort by noon because those areas are tracked out. Meanwhile, patrol is still dropping ropes. 1PM is a a reasonable time to arrive and still get the best afternoon of your life.
5) The definition of "life-altering" slides after half a season. It can only be found in the backcountry. See my avatar for details.