Wasatch Mountains, UT, Report: Powdersurfing the Deep

Martin Kuprianowicz | BackcountryBackcountry

(Clip from Monday)

Report from Monday and Tuesday, March 6-7, 2023 

Another day, another storm.

This past weekend’s blockbuster storm brought the Cottonwoods 35-45″ of new snow, and with considerable avalanche danger and lots of new fluff, the past two mornings were perfect for getting out and practicing the fine-tuned art of powsurfing.

On Monday, we hiked up Days Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon for some deep, tranquil, low-angle surfing amongst snowy evergreen trees.

The snow was blower and light, tickling my mustache with nearly every turn.

(Clip from Tuesday) 

We climbed up to a ridgeline at about 9,000 feet, passing a plethora of pillows along the way.

I dropped in on my Grassroots Flying Carpet Powsurfer and was immediately inundated with face shots.

The snow was DEEP.

Stacked. | Photo: SnowBrains

The first few turns were mellow and low-pitch, and I was able to ride it smoothly without falling.

As the terrain got steeper and tighter, I began maxing out my ability level on the board—I’m still learning how to float on this beautiful creation by legendary powsurfer Jeremy Jensen.

I made a left when I should have made a right, and ended up in the flats.

The next hour was spent wallowing back to the skin track in much frustration and sweat.

Later that evening, I felt the need for a rebuttal so I made plans with a buddy to ski a south-facing shot right off the side of the highway I eyed on the way home earlier…

Into the Witch’s Wardrobe. | Photo: SnowBrains

By 6:30 the next morning we were hiking again, my powsurfer strapped to my Mountain Hardware Powabunga 32-liter backpack.

It was cold with zero wind and friendly skies.

The portal. | Photo: SnowBrains

Due to cloud cover and light snowfall yesterday, the snow in Tuesday’s south-facing zone stayed fresh.

It was slightly less blower than yesterday but it was still as soft and smooth as we could ever dream.

The sun was rising.

Surfin’. | Photo: SnowBrains

At 7:30 we dropped, surfing a nice mellow but fast-riding pitch through scrub oak and juniper bushes.

It was a little steeper than what I was used to, and I’d make about two or three fast turns on the powsurfer before falling.

With each fall I’d let out a stoked little yell, pick myself up, and get right back on my board.

Learning stuff is fun, especially when that stuff is powsurfing. 

Surf’s up. | Photo: SnowBrains

We managed to surf straight down to the road, where it was less than a two-minute walk back to the car.

It was a great bang-for-your-buck line, only taking us an hour car-to-car, and in excellent powder snow.

We both made it to work on time today.

There’s no better feeling than driving past a long line of cars headed up to the ski area, already feeling relaxed, satisfied, and stoked from the morning shred.

Headed into work, our tracks on the slope behind Aidan. | Photo: SnowBrains

Avalanche Forecast 

UAC 3/7/23


NOAA: 3/7/23

Photos (In chronological order)

Into the woods. | Photo: SnowBrains
Weird pillows. | Photo: SnowBrains
Utah looking like the PNW. | Photo: SnowBrains
Perfectly placed skin track. | Photo: SnowBrains
Dawn patrol. | Photo: SnowBrains


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