Getting some snow

Tysen getting the goods

Tysen getting the goods

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It’s been a painfully slow start to the season, but it’s finally starting to resemble winter out there. Tysen and I checked out the No Joke couloir on Craig and found fantastic skiing conditions.

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Tysen enjoying coldsmoke on the runout

Tysen enjoying coldsmoke on the runout

 

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Craig Mountain, Gunsight Couloir

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This couloir is easy to see from the north end of Wallowa Lake and periodically on the West Fork. It’s been on my mind for awhile and I did attempt it earlier this winter. Glad I finally had a chance to get up there as it’s a classic couloir; steep, lined with tall rock, and a great ski.

Gunsight Couloir from the West Fork

Gunsight Couloir from the West Fork

Looking through the sights. The upper third was 50 degrees tapering to 40 degrees for the remainder

Looking through the sights. The upper third was 50 degrees tapering to 40 degrees for the remainder

Great day, great snow and a great ski.

 

 

Bonneville Mountain, Snake Farm Couloir

I’m not sure if this couloir has a name, if anyone knows let me know. In the meantime I’m calling it “Snake Farm”, due to its serpent like appearance. A stretch of warm weather has done wonders to strengthen the snowpack and I’ve been taking advantage of it. This shot was one of the best runs I’ve had this season. 3″-4″ of creamy powder on a sustained pitch, blue skies, no wind, and beautiful scenery everywhere. Can’t ask for much more. Continue reading