Saturday, April 17, 2010

Springtime in South Central Idaho

I've guided a few hut trips recently and here are some pics from the Pio Yurt as well as the Bench Hut. Conditions in the Pioneers last week were variable and variable. Did I say they were variable? New snow arrived in early April, then the classic Pio recipe of wind and sun wrecked havoc on what would have been powder skiing. We managed to find a bit of cold, soft snow and the scenery was as spectacular as always!

The trip into the Bench Hut was timed just about perfect. Mid to upper elevation snow was cold and dry on shady aspects when we arrived and the sky was blue bird. Temps continued to rise over the course of the three days and the snow began to take a little heat, but the skiing was still great! Let's hope the heat wave subsides and we move into a cycle of corn skiing!

The new Pio Yurt! So much bigger and better!

A quick transition on top of the wind sculpted Peanut.

The Jewels at the Hyndman/Old Hyndman saddle - check out the size of those cornices!

Olin ripping the first pitch of the Thumbline outside of Bench - one of the most classic ski lines around!

Returning back to the hut, skiing the 5th Lake Bowl below the summit of Heyburn.

Chopper dropping in Defib Couloir. No shock advised, even after all that bacon!

The last of cold snow skiing this year? I hope not... Our tracks from earlier in the day on the Thumbline.

Enjoy your spring!

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