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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Canyons of Last Resort…

I don’t know how common this is but in the pre-season i.e. not enough snow, I skin a lot in resort in preparation for the season. Alta is an early candidate as they always seem to have at least some snow (late September - early October) until they open, often in mid to early November. A bit later, at least if you live in the Park City area, PCMR becomes an attractive candidate as they make tons of the artificial stuff, but of course of the three resorts here, they open first so then; no more skinning. Now, it’s time to migrate to Deer Valley and their Mount Baldy until they close in early December. The final stop is the Canyons; typically the last one to open. So being December 15 and all, I dragged myself up there today with my dog, Skadi, for a training round. I skinned up Silverado (see picture to the left) to the Lookout Cabin and when I was there, to my surprise, other than the Golden Eagle it seemed all the lifts were open! So there I was in the middle of resort action with my skins, my dog, looking like I am saving on lift tickets! The ski patrollers were staring, taking “amongst themselves” as it were but, I guess, too bewildered to do anything at all about it. The bonus is that I got to ski down Super Fury, in resort, with my dog…

I guess this means pre-season is now officially over and that is just fine with me. I already got 25 days of pre-season training and I am ready for the real stuff!
The picture below is of  Square Top, the Patrol Cabin, two Canyons workers, and my dog Skadi....

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