Report from August 10, 2022
Wednesday was our third bluebird powder day in a row here in Patagonia.
Well, it wasn’t exactly bluebird all day.
The sun didn’t show up until 1pm – before that it was foggy, cloudy, and socked in.
And yeah, it also wasn’t exactly a powder day either…
Most of the snow had been cooked by Wednesday.
There was one very small window for success and it was on a line we’d never skied before.
This line is usually all rock with very little snow, but this is a big snow year and it appeared fully filled in and ready to rock when we gawked at it on Tuesday.
- Sun only hits this from 2:22pm – 4:34pm
- It was cloudy all day but the forecast was for clearing starting at 1pm and lasting until sunset
- This run is south facing and just might still have ‘powder’ snow left on it since it gets so little sun
It was a small window, but I decided to go for it.
I showed up late and worked my way up to the top of this line by about 2pm.
I lazed around a bit and checked all my gear waiting for more sun to bathe the chute.
At about 2:45pm the chute and I were ready to rock.
The top of this line is a boneyard…
I tip-toed through the upper section, then opened it up in the gut.
There was even a little air in the middle that I hit gingerly…
After not slamming into any rocks at all my confidence increased making the middle of the chute mentally dreamy.
At the bottom near the second choked I hit bad snow, avalanche beds, and some old avy debris but was still able to keep my rhythm and rip right down to the bottom of the valley.
I was fired up.
I first descent for me and this was the first time I’ve seen this chute full of snow in my 12 seasons here.