I made a series of whirlwind snowboarding trips to Utah and Lake Tahoe over several weeks in January 2009.
Trip one was to Utah, hanging out with Brent, Meredith, Ronan and Mike at the Big Cottonwood transceiver training park the day I flew in. The second day I rode solo in shin to knee deep power at Solitude. And the third day was also spent at Solitude, riding knee to mid thigh deep powder with Mike Poli, flying home early the next morning.
Trip two was in Utah as well, where John Chase and I met up; riding the Canyons on the day we flew in (taking advantage of a promotion the resort is running where anyone can ride for free with a same day airline boarding pass from the SLC airport). Days two and tree were spent riding at Solitude (Meredith joined us one day), where the snow was soft but not fresh powder (up to the shin in the deepest pocket of the trip). I flew home early on the fourth morning.
Trip three was a last minute affair. 36 hours before I was on the slopes I had no plans to make the trip, but then Rob called saying that he was extending his Tahoe stay because of an incoming storm and that I should join in the fun. After mulling it over for an hour or so, I frantically got my "ducks in a row". Because all of my snowboarding gear was at Molly's house in Salt Lake, I flew in, picked it up (in a $17 rental car), and drove up to the Canyons ski resort (taking advantage of the Canyons free riding promotion). After closing down the Canyons, I drove back to the SLC airport and flew to Reno, where Tai (who had driven down from Oregon) picked me up. Rob, Tai, Billy, Tom (a.k.a "Timmy") and I spent the next two bluebird days riding Kirkwood and enjoying the legendary Krystofiak hospitality (thanks again). The powder was great, riding with friends was fantastic, and making a last minute trip happen was priceless!
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