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Colorado Backcountry: Current Creek

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Heading down the north side of Berthoud Pass, you'll run into the old Current Creek section of the now defunct resort. This is where some of the more extreme steeps and lines are located. Early Christmas morning I started the long hike up the ridge heading toward the North Chutes, I was pretty happy to see only a few other people out in the backcountry. No new snow since the 23rd, I wasn't expecting great conditions. Surprised, I found a good amount of wind blown pow in the chutes from the previous days storm. Temperature outside was in the low 30s, and the sun was loosing up the snow quite well. After a couple laps in the chutes I broke for lunch and a few pictures up top.

The day turned out great, very few people up on the pass because of the holiday. Bluebird conditions, no wind, all we need is some more snow!



Colorado Backcountry: Berthoud Pass

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We arrived up at the summit of Berthoud Pass in the afternoon, temperatures are still below zero. My truck is telling me -10 degrees to be exact, I look at AKD to make sure he's still down for the hike ahead. No one else around, we decide it's worth it and head up the East Face towards the communication towers. Searching for a good spot to build a boot we settled on re-building an older kicker from a few weeks ago. We hit the jump for a few hours, messing around--just having fun! What a great time, as many of you know this is such a great way to refresh. Get yourself out in the mountains, move some snow, and just have fun!

Tempted by the 4-5" new snow on BP we decied to do a few laps in the trees. The snow back here was great, deep wind blown powder, on a good base. Hitting the trees along the old Powder Line we ended the day with huge smiles on our faces!


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Colorado Snow Conditions: Mary Jane

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Surprised by the lack of people in the upper Mary Jane parking lot, we figured it was the below zero temperatures. With 3" of new snow over night we thought the holiday crowd would be in full effect. Thursday turned out to be a great day, as we spent most of the morning making powder turns in the trees and groomers. They had the Sunnyside lift up and running providing access to some MJ's great gladed terrain. Unfortunately, the Parsenn Bowl wasn't open and it looked pretty windy/wind blown up there. All in all, the top of MJ had at least 3" in spots and in the trees we found some nice deep untracked pow all on top of a 37" base. No crowds. The snow was cold and slow.

Today I finally had a chance to take the TP Capita out for a few laps, and I must say I love this deck. Tons of pop, great flex, stable, and very forgiving on big jumps. Did I mention it butters better than Martha on a good cooking day? Sick. Also, the 1st day on the Technine JH Dominator bindings. Very stiff, all metal binding with the baltimore toe strap. These bindings are tight, way better than my Drake MLBs.

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Around 2pm we just couldn't take the cold anymore and my nose was starting to freeze together, so the decision was made to head Berthoud Pass and build a jump. More about that later..

Colorado Backcountry: Loveland Pass

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Finally we find our way into some backcountry action up on Loveland Pass. First we decided to stop at the East Portal switch back for some jibs. The "Malay" kink rail we brought up to the pass a few months ago is still there along with some other jibs. As of now, there are a couple of tree rides, a long single tube rail, small single tube rail, wood table, and some other junk. After burning an hour or so we decided to try out our luck and do some hiking. After flagging a west bound pickup truck down we were on our way to the summit, once there we decided to hike the boot pack up the ridge and drop from there. CIAC reports moderate avalanche danger for the Northern mountains, so we dig a small pit to verify. Conditions OK, we drop in about mid-way through the Loveland Ridge avalanche path, great pow lines down! 8-10" powder near the top of the divide, on top of a nice pre-season base. Once in the trees we make our way to the LP hut for a smoke break, be careful not to drop too far skiers left when descending or you'll get stuck near the creek. Either way, you can't really go wrong at LP- most lines will take you back to your car or the East Portal lot. Updates from Berthoud Pass and Cameron Pass during the holiday.

Colorado Snow Conditions: Copper Mountain

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Friday we decided to head over to Copper and check out the scene, damn was it Saturday we thought? Tons of vacationers and holiday traffic made it feel almost like the weekend. With 4" fresh the previous day we figured we could find some hidden powder stashes in the trees, the only good stuff we found was off the T-Bar lift. With the masses of people over on the American Flyer side of the mountain we did a few laps on the Super Bee, snow was OK up top but hella icy down at the bottom. This side of Copper tends to be less crowded with slightly harder terrain. We broke for lunch at Endo's Cafe and made our way to the park. I was disappointed to see the same features in the pre-season park. Copper needs to change this crap up once in a while, keep it fresh! By mid-day the snow around the mountain and park started to loosen up, all on top of a 36" mid-mountain base. Think Snow!

Colorado Snow Conditions: Keystone

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So we hit up Keystone instead of Breckenridge, and it turned out to be a pretty nice day. As we hit Georgetown we could see that it was snowing up near Loveland Pass, a few inches fresh! Tempted to stop and hit the jibs at the base of the pass we motored on to Keystone, scoring some killer parking right next to the River Run gondola. We decided to take the lift up and drop the back side towards North Peak, had some nice powder turns down. 2" fresh natural and a few inches of man made over a 31" base on most of the runs, we ended up at the Santiago lift heading up to the Outback. We did laps down Elk-Run and surrounding trails for most of the morning. On Elk-Run snowmaking was in progress leaving some really fun kickers and jumps all over. We broke for lunch and decided to head over to the terrain park, Keystone still has the pre-season park going but its pretty sick. At the park we found something for everyone, multiple boxes, roller coaster rail, flat rails, and a snow skate park. The A51 Park lift wasn't running due to snowmaking operations, so you'll have to use Peru Express. Look for more updates later this week.

Avalanche Conditions: (CAIC)
Northern Mountains: considerable (w/ pockets of moderate below TL)
Central Mountains: moderate (w/ pockets of considerable TL and above)
Southern Mountains: moderate (w/ pockets of considerable TL and above)

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