(Last Updated On: April 26, 2015)
When I look back at the winter of 2014-15, the one bright spot may be the avalanches that ran full depth and full track. Certain slide paths were quite simply in need of some good tree trimming. Like the run in Utah, “God’s Lawnmower” is a quick way to get rid of pesky trees clogging up the runs. On Mount Axtell, one of our favorite local mountains, the trees were prime for a haircut. That is, until the storm cycle at the end of February, which made most of the bowls on Axtell release to the ground, and put an end to a large number of trees.
Axtell’s Wang Chung slid to the ground as well, and with nearly no new snow in the month of March, it was barely even skiable. Thankfully, the snows of spring rectified that problem, and Wang Chung has been “thin but in” for a while now. I suggested Wang Chung, and I didn’t even realize that neither Brittany nor Alex Reidman had skied it through the Eraser couloir yet, so it was a first for both of them. Although I must admit that 4th bowl was looking mighty tempting, too:
I dropped in first:
I thought the Eraser was going to be thinner and tougher than it was. I guess the slides didn’t affect it too much. Alex:
Brittany heading towards the choke:
One of my favorite things about this line? Looking back at the tracks from the bottom:
It’s a beautiful line, isn’t it? Cheers to spring storms!
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