>ski tour – Kelly Canyon

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Well, we pretty much ski toured the hell outta Kellys today! Despite a few familiar faces and parked vehicles near the ski resort lodge, our only human encounter on the mountain was the resort hill manager, Danny, passing by in the snow cat as he packed the on piste runs. Other than that, a single set of ski tracks across the east end of the resort, which i assumed to be Rick Baugher heading up to start the annual construction of his igloo located on the true summit of Kelly Mtn.

Ricardo, Turbo, Heather and I tracked out all of the uncut snow on Sage in two laps before heading back to the top for a run down the well groomed Ernies. At the bottom, we skinned out toward the powder bowl on the east end of the resort. We made quick up-hill work and floated back down Flo Joe.

We stopped for a bit of lunch and hot cocoa before spending about an hour practicing beacon searches.

After a few beacon drills we skinned back to the top of lift 4 and made one final run down Black Powder; skiing all the way to back to the base lodge!

The snow had changed a little bit overnight offering soft snow with a slight rain glaze on the top. Not bad snow by any means! New flakes are falling rapidly as i type, concealing the nearby Kelly Mountain from my living room office window. More snow overnight and into Monday will freshen things up again! There is more snow now on Kelly Mountain than on any typical opening week in late December. Ski touring around before the resort opens has been a blast this year!

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Me, Turbo (taking one for the team), Ricardo and Maggie the dog on Sage

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Heather, Turbo, Ricardo and Maggie the dog floating down Flo Joe

Living in East Idaho with good people and getting to play in the nearby hills is a true blessing for me and Heather!

– Dean Lords

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