Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ski Touring by Ben Lomond

I just got back from an afternoon of ski touring with a friend of mine from the Weber State Outdoor Program.  They have a great program going on.  Daniel, the Director, and I hiked and skied almost 6,000 vertical feet (3,000 up and 3,000 down) in the Cutler Basin area just below the north slope of Ben Lomond. 

For all those that live in Ogden and are interested in backcountry skiing, check out the Weber Outdoor Program.  They have very knowledgeable staff and they get out in the backcountry whenever there's a storm and conditions are safe.  This year has been rough because of the lack of snow, but there's enough snow where we went to skin all the way up and ski all the way down.  Didn't even do any damage to my skis!

The Outdoor Program is one of Ogden's best kept secrets.  The director and assistant director are AMGA certified mountain guides, avid bc skiers, incredible whitewater paddlers, and everything in between.  They run trips all throughout the year.  Some trips that have been run in the past are Mt Rainier Climbing, Middle Teton and Grand Teton climbing, backpacking, backcountry skiing (with overnight stays in Weber's own yurt), a trip to the Cirque of the Unclimbables to climb Lotus Flower Tower, they run multiple rafting trips each summer, etc.  They also have rental equipment for all of the activities mentioned above.

I had some video from the GoPro, but I am having a hard time getting them to upload.  I'll try to figure it out.  In the mean time, here are some pictures (taken with the GoPro).  These were taken at about 8100ft. 

Just to prove I was there.  I'm usually behind the camera.

Daniel with Ben Lomond (on the left) and Willard Peak (directly above Daniel) in the background.  Beautiful skiing if the snow and weather is better.

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