Mario Gully, Otis-Redding and Dream Chutes – 4/13/14

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    Anthony, Becca, Alex and I decided it was a good weekend to go check out the park- deep persistent slab concerns had dissipated and there was fresh April snow that had just come in with minimal winds.

    We thought about the heading straight to the Dream Chutes but on further thought decided that the Otis-Redding chutes might be a good option. To get over there we popped up onto the top of the terrain park and skied Mario’s Gully. It was nice soft snow throughout with less crust on the more northerly aspects.

    From Glacier Gorge we started traversing up towards what we thought was the Loch basin, following a set of lost splitboarders. They were convinced that Otis-Redding was further north and east, but we opted to try going up the valley while traversing north instead. Visibility was fairly poor due to the low hanging clouds, so we could only see slightly ahead.

    Our gamble paid off though, as we kept going up and over the two prominent chutes came beautifully into view. Just as we approached the base a big group of skiers started their descent down the lookers left chute. Their smiles were big.

    Up we went and around the ridge to pop into the untouched right line. The top was a mix of funky wind features, but once inside it was glorious waist deep blower!

    With the gusto left to head up again, we traversed over past Haiyaha and onto the saddle of Flattop looking down on Dream lake and the accompanied chutes. These turned out to be the best run of the day- steep and deep at it’s very best.

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