Sometimes things just don’t work out. There’s a classic couloir I’ve been watching all season waiting for conditions to line up and I was sure Monday was going to be the day.
Tysen and I left Joseph at 0230 and began the slog. Firm snow made for effortless skinning, a light breeze kept us cool, and with the world shrunk down to what’s in front of your headlamp you really have nothing to do but go fast. All these factors helped us make good time and we hit the alpine with the sun.
We hit the couloir’s apron and immediately knew we wouldn’t be skiing it today. The past few days’ warm sun had baked the couloir’s rock walls, filling the gut with mashed potatoes. Ugh. I knew there would be a little, but didn’t expect this much. So we slogged on and hunted for a plan b.
Tysen booting up with an endless terrain backdrop
Tysen skiing nature’s groomer
Bummer we didn’t get our objective, but still had a great day out.
Tysen and I headed up to Dug Peak (Peak 8585) on Saturday to check out a couloir, unfortunately the chute was a little firm for our liking but we found some good corn on the south side of Dug Peak.
Some of the locals were trying to snake our line.
Tysen laying down some GS turns in the sun
Even though our main objective was canned we were happy with the great corn skiing.
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.
Tysen enjoying coldsmoke on the runout
The North East Face
I don’t know what the proper name of this thing is, just Peak 9440? Any help there would be appreciated. What I do know is that it stares at me every day when I leave the house, and everyday I tell myself I need to get up there. After yesterday’s outing on Twin Peaks I got a good look at it and the skiing was good, so I went back for more.
We had the luck of the Irish on our side today. Finally got some cooler weather and a little bit of snow to freshen things up. Hope everyone enjoys their Irish car bombs today!
Tysen finds a pot of white gold at the end of the skintrack