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Eric Bryant

Eric getting pitted in October  Photo: Matt Bansak Photography

The previous day was good skiing, and it called for a return trip to Sugar Bowl for some more preseason turns. Eric Bryant and I didn’t have high expectations for great snow, as it was much warmer, but thought it’d be great to get out anyways. After a quick skin to the Mt. Lincoln summit, we ran into friend Mark Kendrick and his doggy Milo. There were a couple glorious looking tracks that someone had already left in Fuller’s Folly, and it didn’t take much more than that to get us fired up for that run selection.

We had (mostly) bottomless turns all the way to the top of the Sisters. Smiles all around, the relatively light snow was a really great surprise. We cut out to the right above the Sisters to avoid a rocky choke and a dicey looking runout. The lower half of the mountain was baked out, and required a lot of careful skiing to avoid completely blowing out our skis on numerous rocks that were only an inch or two deep. It was all worth it for the turns we got higher up, and the trip was an afternoon well spent!

Lots of buried rocks… wear a helmet and ski cautiously!

Eric Bryant
Eric, obviously a total candid shot and not planned at all
Eric Bryant
Eric scoping the line
Mark Kendrick
Mark and Milo dropping in

 

Mark Kendrick
Mark

 

Eric Bryant
Eric

 

Eric Bryant
Eric and Mark just after our first few bottomless turns

 

Eric Bryant
Eric as we traversed out above the Sisters

 

Mark Kendrick
Mark happy he made it out today

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