Report from December 8, 2022

I got back from ski guiding in Antarctica late last night.

It took me 4-days to get home from Antarctica via boat, plane, and automobile.

I showed up in Park City spent, tired, and it was snowing.

Suicide Chute on Mt. Superior. image: snowbrains

The forecast showed 4″ of snow overnight, then the next day was the only sunny day of the week, and the avalanche forecast showed only South aspects being safe.

This combo only meant one thing to me:  Suicide Chute.

I knew I wouldn’t be the first one down (I was wrong…), but I was confident it’d still be good.

Miles ripping down. image: Michael Aasheim Photography

Jetlag didn’t allow for early morning sleep so I tossed and turned and sprung outta bed at 6am (10am Antarctica time).

It took me until 8:45am to get all my stuff unpacked and organized and get outta the house.

SnowBrains senior editor, Martin, met me at the Peruvian at 9:30am. 

Booter up. image: snowbrains

Suicide looked good.

It was fresh after the 4″ of new snow that fell overnight and a group of 3 was skinning up the apron.

Not bad, I thought, only 3 ahead of us!

Martin in the booter. image: snowbrains

We followed them up the skinner and bootpack and they disappeared…

They dropped off the back into Homicide – a different chute.

Great news for us, this meant we got fresh tracks in Suicide and I was pretty stoked about it.

Miles stoked near the top. image: snowbrains

It’s tough to get a line this coveted fresh in the Wasatch nowadays…

The hardy group in front of us came back up Homicide while we were getting ready.

They turned out to be some folks we sorta knew:  Rose, Grant, & Mike.

Salt Lake City. image: snowbrains

I dropped in first and the snow was dry and billowy.

I decided to drop in aggressive and pull back if the snow wasn’t great.

But it was great so I kept the speed up.

Complex terrain. image: snowbrains

Honestly, I was still worried about hitting rocks still but nothing turned up.

I last skied this cute on November 30, 2022 and it was pretty boney, I hit a few rocks, but the snow was great.

I’ve skied Suicide quite a few times over the years, but today was the best condition I’ve skied it in.

Martin. image: snowbrains

I skied the chute in under a minute, which I’d never done before.

It felt great.

The very bottom is still rocky, narrow, and pretty beat up. 

I slowly skiddered my way down that ugly choke and then out onto the apron.

The apron skied like a dream.

True powder.

It was tough to get moving this morning after all that travel, but it was definitely worth it to drag myself up Suicide before the big storm rolls in.

Martin. image: snowbrains
Grant, Rose, & Michael walking the road back. image: snowbrains
Martin at the base. image: snowbrains
Michael. image: snowbrains
Apres Tea. image: snowbrains

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