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.