Trip Reports Backcountry photos, videos, patch skiing and other stoke!

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by 4ster, May 16, 2017.

  1. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    Highlights from this season. [to come]
     
  2. SBrown

    SBrown Steve Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    I didn't get out much, but both days were pretty spectacular, bluebird with no wind above treeline.

    First was outside Leadville in late December

    Great views of the Sawatch.
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    Maybe this should go in the tip thread: don't hang onto a dead branch for support
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    Second day was outside Silverton in early March.

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    (Waiting for me again....)
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    Obligatory pose in front of Sultan.
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    Other side of that ridge is Red Mountain Pass; the tallest peak in the middle of photo is McMillan (I think).
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    The ski down was quite fine.
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  3. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    I'm more of a Springtime ski tourer because avalanches scare me :eek: but this season saw many periods of stability which allowed for some great outings.

    Ben heading into Birch Creek Canyon in the shady part of photo on January 17th. Great long powder run but was a long 3 hour skin back out which I wasn't quite in shape for yet.
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    Skiing Toto on Jan. 29th (C. Morgan photo)
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    Alec coming up rodeo Ridge on January 28th.
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    & some sweet surface hoar for the downhill.
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    Big snow makes big cornices! Above Snowbasin on March 2nd.
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    Ben getting ready to drop the Witch on March 6th.
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    This was a biggie in Middle Earth on March 13th.
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    Ben skiing Big Larry in northern UT on April 3rd.
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    This is my buddy Sean getting some early April 5th corn in an area we call Boomtown.
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    Bottom of Jakes Pk. with Tahoe behind on April 29th.
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    Firnspiegel at 10K' on April 30th...
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    ...& about 100 turns later.
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    Back on Stevens Peak above Hope Valley, south of Lake Tahoe on May 3rd.
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    My friend Kacey & Rachael with Stevens Pk. in the backdrop May 3rd
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    Some May 7th freshies near Echo summit.
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    Middle ridge on Mt. Tallac, May 13th. image.jpeg
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  4. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    Another decent freeze last night got me back on Tallac this morning.


    I luv the sound of the corn crystals sweeping down the slope, like shards of glass.
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    Glass on the lake
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    & glass on the slope.
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  5. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    Not counting on anymore freezing nights for awhile but was surprised to see a few spots drop below the freezing mark this morning. Got out from 7 till 11:30...
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    While those in The Rockies are skiing mid winter powder conditions, it was 64F when I got back to the car.

    @Stev here's a thread to post some of your patch skiing stoke! Although the patches are gonna be pretty huge for awhile still.
     


  6. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    Back on Tallac Sunday but this time all the way to the summit with friends Maddie & AJ.

    The Crystal range & Desolation Valley still looks like mid winter
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    On the summit
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    We got shut out of the main couloir due to wet soughing snow
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    but got to ski an almost as exciting line I've been eyeing for years
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    Find the skier
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  7. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    Last Friday morning produced a good freeze, so I got an early start out to Carson Pass for a big tour on Elephants Back, the east flank of Roundtop & back to Elephants Back.

    The Masif
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    First turns, lookers right of slide path
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    Middle of 2nd run. Can you see the skier?
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    Met Elvis & his human who shot the video on the way down. Too bad I left my boots in walk mode...


    Getting ready to go on the next to final pitch. The entry had melted out so we had to do a scree scramble to get into it
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    Lookers left on Elephants Back, well worth the precarious rock scramble
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  8. agreen

    agreen Getting on the lift Skier

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    Cool pics and video! Was that a goat or a dog?
     
  9. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    LOL, that's funny cuz I thought the same thing when I saw them coming up the hill. I think the doggles give him that goat look.
     
  10. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    June 5th? :eek:
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    Spring just keeps on giving!
     
  11. SkiNurse

    SkiNurse Spontaneous Christy Pugski Ski Tester

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    Even though I'm not able to ski, I can at least get out, hike & take pics/videos of the Colorado crew. Today it was @FairToMiddlin getting in his June turns at St. Mary's.


     
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    SkiNurse Spontaneous Christy Pugski Ski Tester

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    In case anyone was wondering, it is much easier to ski down St Mary's at this time of year than to snowshoe. :cool:
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  13. SBrown

    SBrown Steve Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    In September, I think it's probably easier to snowshoe...
     
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    graham418 Out on the slopes Skier

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    Skiing in June.. Fake blue skies.. You guys make me sick!!
     
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    SkiNurse Spontaneous Christy Pugski Ski Tester

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    In September, it's just easier to drink. :beercheer:
     
  16. FairToMiddlin

    FairToMiddlin Getting on the lift Pugski Ski Tester

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    Hiking the steeper pitch to looker's right is the way to go, steepness seems to resist suncupping, and general nastiness.

    Great hike, lovely day.
     
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  17. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    New season? Sure seems like it.
    I went out to Carson pass Saturday afternoon just to poke around, but didn’t do any real skiing. This morning I teamed up with my neighbor for a return & some turns.

    We ended up skiing 4 separate lines all with good wind buffed conditions
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    Surrounded by a shiney, slick, thick rain crust & a few suspiciously wind loaded areas.
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  18. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    Very low tide in CO -- but needed to stretch the legs. Wonderful wind slabs and breakable crusts for breakfast.

    (Note -- not my DPSs. Mine are the $30 Moments with massive core shots I've filled up with Marine epoxy/Ptex and sandpapered :) ).

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  19. 4ster

    4ster Sucking a little less each day Instructor

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    Nothing like last Spring but here are some photos from the past month...

    Stevens Peak, South Bowl
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    Private Idaho
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    Elephants Back
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    East flank of Roundtop
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  20. Rod9301

    Rod9301 Getting on the lift Skier

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    A few of mine from this seas IMG_20180507_141830537_HDR.jpg IMG_20180504_134344526_HDR.jpg IMG_20180510_133855559_HDR.jpg IMG_20180504_135016382_HDR.jpg IMG_20180419_130552942_HDR.jpg IMG_20180412_132905179_HDR.jpg IMG_20180507_141830537_HDR.jpg IMG_20180504_134344526_HDR.jpg IMG_20180510_133855559_HDR.jpg IMG_20180504_135016382_HDR.jpg IMG_20180419_130552942_HDR.jpg IMG_20180412_132905179_HDR.jpg on.
     
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