Mt. Baldy, CA 1/1/05

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Mt. Baldy, CA 1/1/05

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Jan 01, 2005 11:37 pm

Happy New Year from Mt. Baldy, which has had more snow so far this season than Aspen, Whistler or Jay Peak.

I arrived at 7:30AM to take advantage of the half-price ticket offer from Thursday. The Thunder lift that was open only one hour Thursday did not open Friday either, when it snowed another 6-8 inches. I loaded chair 1 before 8 AM. Thunder was ready to go, but the lift ops didn't show up on time so it opened at 9:30AM.

I skied one run on chair 1 waiting for Thunder, and the snow was more stiff and irregular than Thursday after 2 days of skier traffic with other lifts not open. Thunder today was a replay of the lower runs Thursday: dense new snow that skied like soft packed powder. Some exposures had hardpack or glazed patches but usually those could be avoided. Sheltered exposures in the trees were ego skiing. Chair 4 opened midday. Weather was like Thursday: clear morning with the fog coming up in the afternoon.

After Garry Klassen left at 2PM, I went back up for a few more runs and finished with a backcountry excursion I have done only once before in Feb. 1998. Snow was of good quality, but the base was not as deep so there were a couple of sketchy chokepoints to negotiate. I finished with 23,500 vertical of very high quality skiing.

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I got up before 5AM so I could check out the floats close-up in the formation area of the Rose Parade before skiing. It's a tough life here in SoCal this year.
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South Bowl had the best snow today. Numerous tree lines funnel into the bowl Garry Klassen is skiing here.
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Here I dive into the fresh snow in South Bowl.
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Garry banks off a wind wave on Goldridge. The cloud is moving in, but 10,000 ft. Baldy Peak is visible above it.
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After several hundred vertical of ego snow in the trees, sometimes there was an ice patch just before joining the groomed. Garry hit this one and face-planted, sustaining a few cuts and bruises.
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Ski patrol provides Garry some first aid. Despite quite a bit of bleeding from his lip cut, he was game for a couple more runs.
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After a checkout run on Thunder, Garry was willing to go home via a backcountry run from chair 4 to the back of the parking lot. Skiing through the cloud added a little extra adventure.
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About 3PM the clouds reached 8,000 ft. Chair 4 is in the near right, with Thunder sticking out of the cloud in background and Telegraph Peak behind Thunder.
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re: Mt. Baldy, CA 1/1/05

Postby pnoom » Sun Jan 02, 2005 7:12 pm

Had a great day at Baldy on New Years as well.

Finally got to ski Thunder and Chair 4 after the disappointment of Thursday.

I was lucky enough to be the 5th person up Chair 4 right when it opened and got almost a full run of fresh tracks underneath the chair line.

Very nice, but I forgot to take a picture and by the time I went back up 4, it was all foggy.

My only comlaint would be the drive home; there were thousands of idiots from the city who were coming up to play in the slush-dirt at the side of the road. This would be fine, but because of the sheer amount of people, it took me an hour and a half to drive from the Baldy parking lot back to the 210. Very frustrating, but it's New Years, so I half expected it.

Anyways, Happy New Years everyone. I hope this year treats you to as much fresh powder as you can get.
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Nice looking, although the snow was a bit crunchy and erratic on this run.
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re: Mt. Baldy, CA 1/1/05

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Jan 03, 2005 2:28 am

Garry left at 2PM and took over 2 hours to get home to Alta Loma (normally 15-20 minutes).

After my final OB excursion I had a short hike to my car and I left about 4:40PM. While the sightseers were still active, it only took me 20 minutes to get down to the village and I was home in Glendale at 6:00PM. I do sympathize with those who got in the traffic jams earlier in the afternoon. In January 1989 there was a huge accident on the access road and I didn't get out of Baldy's parking lot until 10PM.
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re: Mt. Baldy, CA 1/1/05

Postby Guest » Fri Jan 14, 2005 1:47 pm

Hey I was up there on this day. Telemarker in an orange jacket. I skied this same run in the clouds at about 2:30 Image
Kinda fun I got to ride up Tunder early with ski patroller Gil and pull closed signs from South Bowl and poach a fresh line.

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