With some new snow, more options are opening up (with some imagination) and we've been out doing our best bushwhacking, trail breaking, and powder skiing (some grainy pics are below). I've also been skiing some new boots, the SCARPA F1 Evo (out next season), and am glad with what I've experienced so far. Right now I do everything in the Alien 1.0 but wouldn't mind a slightly bigger boot for some mountaineering projects. First impression are that the F1 Evo will more than suffice. For comparison, it walks better and skis better than my old TLT Performance boots (and I loved those). There is a weight penalty (1150 gms in a size 27) and it has a longer sole length than the Alien (296 vs 287 in a size 27). We'll see if it's worth it with some more "testing".
|"Why don't you go for a walk in the woods why don't ya" - WOW|
|The avy danger is still quite high so we hiked some ridges|
|Stumbled upon some big slides that look like they were the result of cornice drops during the big recent storm cycle. Here, Jason skis a skiff of powder over the bed surface.|
|Looks bad but this is way better than the scrub oak below|
|With rapid warming, we turned tail below the summit but were rewarded with still dry powder for a few thousand feet|
|Pretty beautiful backdrop for some chute skiing...|