East Baldy at Alta Ski Area is a short side step and/or boot back hike to a big open face on Mount Baldy. Often times snow conditions aren’t great on that face, but when conditions are right it can be a pow fest. Check out the video and photos below.
A YouTube follower asked about the photos from Peak Photo Alta, so I took the opportunity to post them here:
I was fully engulfed in ski mania last spring. I picked up tons of new gear, including the Armada ARV 116 UL Zero skis. Unfortunately in the spring there were never conditions which warranted gaming the the JJ’s. I did take them up for a day of spring skiing just because I was so excited to have them, but sticky slush groomed runs were far from off-trail big mountain deep powder.
About the ARV 116 JJ UL Zero
The JJ’s feature an “AR Freestyle Rocker.” These are light, big mountain freestyle skis rockered tips and tails combined with a positive camber underfoot and an ultra-light core.
This design shines in powder and unpredictable conditions. They ride on top of the power or even thick muck. Riding on top makes the ski so much easier to control.
The flex of the ski is somewhat stiff in the tips, and a little more stiff in the waist.
Bevels on the tip and tail help the skier transition in deep snow. The tips are like boat hulls!
Tip Width (mm)
Waist Width (mm)
Tail Width (mm)
Turning Radius (m)
I’ve now had a few more sessions with the JJ’s this winter, and experienced some great powder days. Last weekend as absolutely thrilling with about 10-14 inches of fresh pow. The JJ’s performed tremendously.
It didn’t take me long to get used to the JJ’s. I felt like I was floating on the clouds. I had fantastic feel and control, and the skis never EVER ducked under the powder. They were always floating on top. It made skiing pow so easy and effortless.
In the video above you can see the Armada JJ’s in action. Note how smoothly the move through the powder and choppy conditions. They always float.
I’m thrilled with my JJ 116’s. They make powder even more fun, which I didn’t think was possible. I can’t wait for the next big storm. In fact, the next storm is coming over the next few days. 48 inches possible. My JJ’s and I are ready to roll.