This was definitely one of my favorite Chimney days in recent memory. Any day the Chimney opens up is a good day but this one still sticks out in my mind. (Maybe it’s because there’s this sick video to help remind me). Anyway, it was April 30th, 2010, the snow was perfect and the Chimney was filled in. Siberia didn’t open that day so Chimney goers had to boot pack up from the traverse on the Headwall side. Just about everyone who made the extra effort to get up there had big plans for what they wanted to ski, folks weren’t hiking up there to ski Box chute that day. (You can see the ant trail on looker’s left at 0:19).
There is something great about these days. Everybody shows up. Everyone is there to ski the best line they can ski and the stoke is always high!
When the Chimney fills in, all the bro bras get pretty psyched up. People pay close attention to conditions in this corner of the mountain all year and watch the weather forecast for every chance to ski a line in this pressure driven spot. Usually Chimney goers have to wait for weather windows in the late winter or early spring when you sometimes get wet storms to come in and lay a pancake batter of snow on the rocks, allowing all the nutjobs to huck their meat without drydocking.
These are some of my favorite days at Squaw. You get up there and you see everyone staring intently at what they think they want to ski, trying to decide if it goes or not. Once someone opens a line you can almost always count on a handful of others following in their tracks. It’s a line up with a kind of etiquette that you won’t find in a Fingers race. You can always tell who’s going to drop next. Someone perched on the cornice will have a mini intensity spike in their focus and then it’s their turn. When you’re ready to go, you make a quick check with the others on the ledge, then you go. The corral at the bottom is always fired up. Any nervous energy built up at the top fuels the stoke at the bottom. Always a party at the bottom. These are definitely some of my favorite days.
Sure, it’s a short line and a quick bump, but it’ll get your blood pumping. You come out hot and if you’re not on it you’ll find that out.
One more thing to look forward to this Winter!
Thanks Sean Wood for filming such an epic day.
And another good day: 2/22/11