for Backcountry Skiing - - Ken + Sharon Roberts

  • March-April 2007 -- mostly in the central Wasatch mountains around Salt Lake City, Utah. Expected skiing dates within 20 March - 1 April.

Our usual free-form mix of backcountry ski mountaineering tours, groomed cross-country trails, with occasionally days of lift-served downhill skiing (also sometimes inline-skating, bicycling, city-walking tourism). No itinerary -- each day we drive to the kind of skiing that fits the current weather + avalanche conditions, and us and our travel partners' current goals and desires.

style + strategy

Rely on quick information and flexibility to decrease risk and increase fun:

  • Web access to get info to plan next day.

  • Car to drive to the best skiing (or non-skiing) each day.

  • Sleep in valley most nights -- for quick access to Web + Car.

  • Not go out for ski touring at all on days which don't look safe or fun.  Do something else instead (e.g. skating on groomed ski trails, downhill at lift-served resorts).

key requirements

  • Responsibility:  You take full responsibility for managing your risks + dangers + health, for your ski tour planning + navigation + decisions, for your equipment + clothing + skiing capabilities -- and for your own fun.

  • Car:  You have your own car, if we're going to try to do tours together for several days. (For a single day, might be able to share my car.)

pace + skill

  • Sharon + Ken ski tours:  Climbing rate 225 meters (700 ft) per hour including rests.  Total climbing usually around 600-1000 meters (2000-3300 ft).  Steepness usually 20-25 degrees in forest terrain, or 25-30 degrees on open slopes.

  • Ken + friends ski tours: Climbing rate 300+ meters (1000 ft) per hour (sometimes could be 350 m/hr).  Total climbing usually around 1000-1800 vertical meters (3300-6000 ft), but sometimes 2400m or more.  Steepness usually around 25-30 degrees in forest terrain, or around 35 degrees on open slopes, occasionally 40 degrees.

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