Great day on the Arizona Snowbowl slopes with Yosh, Ryan, Carlos, Alfie and the other rad locals I met along the way. After some fresh groomer laps on the Grand Canyon Express chair we headed up Agassiz Chairlift as the Upper Bowl hike had just opened (patrol was running through avalanche safety procedures prior), so we scored some left-over powder that was sitting there asking to be slashed.
After enjoying the beautiful views of the incoming weather at 11,800 feet (3596 meters) we handled a few runs over on the Humphrey’s Chair, taking advantage of the newly constructed Daydreamer Progression Park, the third and newest terrain park our main man Yosh and his park staff are creating and maintaining.
Not to let the day slip away without additional powder riding, Carlos Daniel invited me up for a splitboard mission in the area of Agassiz peak, so we grabbed the safety equipment, the Burton Family Tree splitboards, let our friends know where we were headed and caught last chair up. Much to our chagrin, the weather had moved in something fierce, making visibility not that rad. Not to be discouraged we charged up to our predetermined location anyway in hopes for a break in the cold dark wind, reassembled the outfits into snowboard mode and waited it out. After an hour kicking it in a protected area, we decided to shred the gnar in the conditions Mother Nature was offering us and we fully enjoyed the ten turns of soft snow, making the mission one-hundred percent worth it.
Overall an epic day of riding the San Francisco Peaks that included everything from corduroy to park features to pow slashing…all things Snowbowl. If you’re in Arizona, get up to the Bowl, you deserve it. Blotto
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