SKIING THE CIRQUE IN JULY? OH MY!
July 2nd, 2011
Location: Kirkwood, California (taken on July 2nd, 2011)
Skier666, Jmetzler, Dblatto, Coop, Slim and Ottime
POV VIDEO â€“ Conquering Corned Chutes in America @ Kirkwood
Music: Boddika â€“ â€˜Basementâ€™
After the mega-Armageddon-record snowfall year in the Sierra (4th-5th snowiest on record?), the days of lift-served have come to a close. Many of the Tahoe resorts opened for the July 4th weekend, but we figured Kirkwood would be 1) less crowded, 2) more North facing, 3) consistent pitch, & 4) The Cirque! Even better, I was able to pick up and use my 11/12 season passâ€¦.with the solstice over, its just getting darker every day, right?
Ultimately, Kirkwood opened up Chair 6 with skiers carrying their skis/boards and no grooming or frill. Surprisingly, that didnâ€™t stop the better than expected turnout with a â€˜skiers in shortsâ€™ ratio of 91.7%. Skiing was only a few yards from being â€˜top to bottomâ€™ skiing, and I bet if they snow farmed a bit, they would have been able to fill in the holes without any issue. All in all, skiing from near Glove Rock all the way to Carnellâ€™s was superb skiing for July 2nd. People were hiking the Wall to the Palisadesâ€¦.GOOD DAY INDEED!
July 4th isnâ€™t very commonâ€¦just look at this shot from â€˜a patchâ€™ on Forestdale Creek Road July 4thâ€™s 2007â€¦.let me know if you can determine any difference between that year and this past seasonâ€¦.
Java Porn: Espresso shot as an appetizer, single drip for the main courseâ€¦.
Believe it or not, it snowed on June 29thâ€¦.
Squaw High Campâ€¦wintery after the Summer Solstice
Squaw Palisadesâ€¦after a late June 2011 storm
July 2nd, 2011:
Just a normal alpine start for a ski trip on July 2ndâ€¦.
Time for some healthy food for hikingâ€¦
The skis managed to see the sun firstâ€¦
We brought along some fog from SFâ€¦
Spur is finally meltingâ€¦
Albeit, Winter is still lingering
Jmetzler wears his thickest down coatâ€¦
I think thatâ€™s a human gesture for approvalâ€¦
â€˜Lookout Janekâ€™ looking filled inâ€¦
On the Summit, we are greeted by soldiers like Skimooreâ€™s dad, Moment SkiEOâ€™s dad, and other various fathersâ€¦
JMetzler wastes no time in making his first turnâ€¦
Zachâ€™s wasnâ€™t groomed but skied very wellâ€¦
666 makes a few turnsâ€¦.
Heâ€™s just happy heâ€™s rolling on 916s instead of Dukesâ€¦.
Coop and I try to look professional..
JMetzler goes for some edge cleaningâ€¦
666 attempts to hurt himself in Julyâ€¦
Ottime gets into the action shot steezeâ€¦
Coop enjoying himselfâ€¦.I think it was only his 3rd day skiing this season. ☺
JMetzler follows his lineâ€¦
Meanwhile, 666 tries for a July face shotâ€¦
â€¦and then JMetzler pretends we are at NASTARâ€¦
We meet up with Dblatto and decide to venture past the WALL!!!!
Ottime and I really bonded on the hikeâ€¦
The hike was a tad far for ski boots but whateverâ€¦.
Dblatto loves getting fresh air anyway…#freshair
Sierra to the South from 9800ft…..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! WE LOVE YOU SOOOOO MUCH!
Are you telling me that he brought props?
I guess he marked Carnell’s for us…
The line….even better is that IT GOES!
JMetzler just got back from a trip in Hawaii, so he HAD to go first…
Not too bad for July!
Those lessons are really paying off!
Dblatto makes his first ever Cirque turn…#Kirkwoodcirqueisopen
Dblatto displays the first exit area….#survivalskiing
Ottime is up in the flag gate….
And decides to CHARGE IT!
666 picks up his props and goes for it…
Dblatto heads down the couloir….#skiinginJuly
Ottime follows his line…
And hauls ass into the crux…
666 decides to chase after Ottime…
This is what it looked like…
GO DARON RAHLVES!!!!!!
Perfect corn for a bbq…
JMetzler shows us the lower section….
I decided to take the same line…
Getting a bit narrow…
Dblatto shows us why ‘rocker technology’ is also great for…suncupps! #rockertechnology
JMetzler pretends its groomed…
Ottime skis so fast, it stresses me out…..
Eagle Bowl finish line….
Dblatto goes powder huntin’….#dirtskiing
And just like that, we arrive at the Base to drink talboys with Slim and DavePâ€¦
Our line is visibleâ€¦
Now hydrated, Slim shows us Oops still has coverageâ€¦
I really hope JMetzler applied sunscreen on his armsâ€¦
Did I mention Oops was SMOOTH?
Lower Oopsâ€¦.JMetzler laughing due to fun or the 4am pickup in Berkeley hours earlier?
You could even make that last carve down to 6 from Sentinelâ€¦.crazy for July 2nd!
I guess Big Jims was â€˜doable.â€™
Dblatto on #skischoolchuteâ€¦
666 leapfrogs holesâ€¦.
Over to the chute near Glove rock for my final runâ€¦
Yay! Its sunny in SF!!!!!
Fireworks to celebrate our debt-ridden country!!!!
Its finally snowing in NZ, hereâ€™s a tribute to my matesâ€¦
Happy Birthday USA!