Snowshoeing up to
Strawberry Gondola Station
February 2014 - 36 photos
We finally got out for some snow shoeing in February. I was beginning to wonder if we would this year. Each time I have gone up to Snowbasin, there just wasn't enough snow to do it. Then last Thursday I went up, and there was enough, but it was raining and water was running like rivers everywhere. Saturday we decided to try it anyway. It wasn't good snow for snow shoeing. Very wet, and we broke through sinking to the bottom all too often. It was strenuous and tiring. Even through it was a short hike, we were tired by the time we finished. This hike included Cheryl, John, Marlene, and me.
The day was overcast, with no sun, so the pictures aren't as colorful. It was plenty warm though, high 40's. We did our hike up past Green Pond to the lower Strawberry Gondola Station. This was John's first time snow shoeing, and the rest of us haven't done much of anything since last October. We were all out of shape, except for Marlene, she has been out running for her marathons. In fact, she ran a Marathon that morning, before we went snow shoeing.
Most of us fell down, more than once. Mostly because of the snow not supporting our weight all the time. When breaking though, we often dropped in past our knees. You can't get back up by yourself, it's kind of like quicksand. I don't have pictures of me falling, but I did.
The area that we hiked through. Strawberry Peak on the left.
We parked our cars at the Green Pond parking area along the Snowbasin Road, and did the short hike up to Green Pond, which was frozen solid and covered with snow. After crossing over the frozen pond, we climbed up to the south and found a packed trail going up to the groomed trail. The groomed trail that runs from Snowbasin over to Strawberry. We walked the trail over to the gondola station and had our lunch on one of their picnic tables.
The coffee shop was still open so we were even able to get hot chocolate and other goodies to eat.
Our trek took us 3.2 miles and we climbed 455 feet.
Green Pond covered with ice and snow.
Strawberry Gondola Station.
Strawberry's lower gondola station, located at the bottom of the ski run, is a turn around point only. There is no road or parking lot at the station. You can only get to it on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobile. Skiers mostly come down from the higher lifts that go up from the Snowbasin side, then use this lift to go back up.
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My photos were taken with a small Canon Powershot, SX280, a 12 Megapixel Camera which has Image Stabilazation and a lens going from wide angle to 20x optical zoom.
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