Snowshoeing in Snowbasin
December 2010 - 36 photos
We have been out snowshoeing twice now this month. Friday the 24th of December was our second. We went up to the Snowbasin area again and walked around for 4 hours. This time my daughter Cheryl, her friend Shanae, and my friend Don, went with me. We were hoping for some blue sky, but unfortunately, the clouds at Snowbasin were low, so we were in the clouds most of the time. Just like being in dense fog. Also Snowbasin was running their snow making machines, filling the air everywhere with mist. It was very different from any hike I have done in the past. There was pixie dust falling all the time, and the sunlight coming through was lighting it up and making the air sparkle with color. When looking toward the sun we would see large circles like rainbows around the sun. All the trees were coated with frost, very beautiful. I am really glad that we decided to go ahead. On the bad side, the snow was wet with a slight crust, so we had to pull our feet straight up, couldn't slide our feet forward. I think it was hard on the others as we did a lot of up hill walking, breaking through that crust and sinking about 8 inches.
Climbing up through the woods above the Snowbasin road.
We did this hike in the area above the new Snowbasin Road, S-226, between Snowbasin and Strawberry, well above Green Pond. We started up through a wooded ravine, and eventually reached the Penny Lane Ski Run, walking up that for awhile, then headed out through the pine trees, circling around until we came across the groomed trail between Snowbasin and Strawberry Gondola Station. We followed that back to where we had come up, where the others continued on down the access road while I went back through the woods to get the car. After getting the car, I picked them up at the bottom of the access road.
Our trek wasn't very long, though it did seem like it. We only traveled 2.43 miles, climbing 492 feet, and it was hard work in that kind of snow. We stopped a lot to rest and take pictures, so it took us 4 hours counting our stop for lunch.
Snowshoeing through the pines in the deep snow, about a half mile above the road.
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