Honoring ‘The Man’ while hoppin’ around KW & Squaw – 04/05/09
This TR is dedicated to you, Mr. Shane McConkey…you ARE one of the main reasons why I love to ski. We’ll miss you buddy!
April 4-5th, 2009
Location: Kirkwood backcountry & Squaw Valley of Earth
Both located inâ€¦.
Weather: Hopâ€™s POV pic below shows the best exampleâ€¦.
skier666, hop, Arty50, Dblatto, S.P.C, & Lph
666 & hop
Music: Ed Rush & Optical – Alien Girl – Prototype Recordings
Hop is home for Spring break from his Scottish marine studies. He wants to ski. So therefore, I drove him to the mountains which is followed by taking photos of him sliding down slippery slopes of snow. We started at Kirkwood by hitting lap after lap in West Shore. However, by a large margin, the highlight of the weekend was celebrating one of the worldâ€™s best skiers by shredding his favorite spots at Squaw with some good friends.
Hop…wondering if heâ€™ll remember how to make a tele-turnâ€¦.
Good to be home, eh?
We saw a cute movie the night beforeâ€¦
Shugs joined us for some groomers, then took offâ€¦.
Letâ€™s just say that our day was mainly beyond the ropesâ€¦
We hit West Shore propaâ€™â€¦
And wouldnâ€™t you know itâ€¦.we found some winter snowâ€¦.golly gee!
Hop even found an air around the Temple of Doomâ€¦.
It canâ€™t be?
It isâ€¦â€¦A TELE-TURN!!!!
Diagonal Chute Massive Representâ€¦..
666 finds powderâ€¦.yawn.
We named this secret spot, The Milky Wayâ€¦.
â€¦.because sidestepping for a HUCK = MILKED!
666 before almost losing it down to the lakeâ€¦.
Hop is having a great dayâ€¦
SO MANY PEOPLE!!!!
….well, none other than Nuthon and Powdork (who witnessed the 6â€™er take a gimped tumble from the Fawn Ridge zone)
Ooooooooh, I like this oneâ€¦.
Just a fun day in the 1930â€™sâ€¦.
Damn, the snow was good down thereâ€¦..
Geology is coolâ€¦.
Now, that wasnâ€™t a tele-turn was it, Mr. hop?
He left his tele-markâ€¦..
Back at the base, the beats were bumpinâ€™â€¦
The Tecate Tallboys were flowinâ€™â€¦.
And a baby Octopus for dessert, anyone?
SUNDAY: It actually was a superb day. Rolling SuperG turns on the new 190 Bibby Pro on a groomed Lady’s Downhill, to fast and furious carving laps top to bottom off Headwall all were second to none. Followed by a winterish Palisades lap, then to some Corkscrew goodness, off to Granite Peak, then to some Silverado fun, followed by some Broken Arrow corn festivities, and finally, topped off with a run on KT…on Spatulas.
Palisades are openâ€¦.letâ€™s go!
But first, I need some energyâ€¦.
It was a memorable day indeed.
Looking down the meatâ€¦frozen meatâ€¦.
6â€™er found some new headphonesâ€¦.while taking a crap at the summit.
S.P.C. gets aggressiveâ€¦.in winter snow!
Hop airs over the winter snowâ€¦
666 makes a winter turnâ€¦.
Arty50 & Lph decided to join usâ€¦sporting some special skisâ€¦
Granite Peak? Why the hell not?
Hop in Direct Chuteâ€¦yes, in a tele-turnâ€¦.
S.P.C. gets crankinâ€™â€¦
Lph gets untrackedâ€¦.
Arty50 finds the soft stuffâ€¦
666 aggressively favoring his right shoulderâ€¦.
S.P.C airs into a cornfieldâ€¦
Silverado? Hell yeah, lets go. Hop hopping aroundâ€¦
Dblatto in Broken Arrowâ€¦.
Dblatto under Olympic Ladyâ€¦
S.P.C. is way too caffeinatedâ€¦.
Hop â€˜s clothes are colorfulâ€¦.
â€¦And hereâ€™s my last run of the day on the Spatulas for the very first time.
â€¦and for that I only have one man to thankâ€¦.
The very next day, unofficialandes posted this footage of a guy after my own heart….I mean, we both have the same pink coat! The line is just plain wicked, and the stoke emanating from it needs to stay alive. Check out their Squaw bloggage at UnofficialSquawâ€¦.
After skiing, we all went to Shaneâ€™s memorial. Incredibly touching and big thanks to all the hard work of Lane Meyer, Oldtimer, huckasoreass, and others for a job well doneâ€¦your bro would be proud.