Colorado Backcountry: Steamboat Springs

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Colorado Update: Eldora, Berthoud, Mary Jane

Location: Berthoud Pass - West Summit - Plunge & Lift Gulley

02/18/06 - Mary Jane - Around 11am things really started to soften up and get fun. Ran into my buddy Mark who I hadn't seen in a few years, we decided to hangout the rest of the day and kill some moguls. Surprised at how few people were out for the holiday weekend, we didn't wait more then a minute in any lift line. Sunny and bluebird most of the day. Temps high 20s.

02/18/06 - Berthoud Pass - West Summit - On the way up to Mary Jane, I was very early as usual and decided it might be a good idea to hike a few laps up the west summit of Berthoud and hit the steeps visible from the road. A couple of inches of new snow the night before made it a dust on crust situation but the riding was still good. I did 4 laps on the steeps, fresh almost spring like turns each time. Sun was shining and snow was getting looser and looser each lap. Overall, snow was very stable in the morning on north facing 35 degree+ slopes. Left to finish the day at Mary Jane. 10:30am

02/12/06 - Eldora Mountain Resort - It was bluebird and zero wind, I was looking for a day at the resort away from the I70 madness. Eldora is a quick 30 minute drive up from Boulder, 700 acres of shred and lots of snow. I was greeted with a 65" base and very quick lift lines. The sun started to loosing up the snow and it turned out to be a great day riding the lifts and listening to the ipod. Can't beat Eldora for snowboarding close to Boulder. Next year I might get a season pass to this spot.

Colorado Backcountry: Berthoud Pass & Peter Rabbit Hut

Mike, Alex and I got up to the Peter Rabbit hut after work on Thursday. The sky was clear and it was pretty warm. We geared up and started hiking in the wood and beer. Mike was already at the hut getting things in order for our camp out. We started drinking and cooking dinner when the clear skies faded and a small storm front came through. Wind and snow, plus very cold temperatures - we hoped it would dump and make for good riding on Friday. Outside temp was around -10 degrees and we had a nice fire raging inside the hut to keep us warm. A few hours later the fire ran out and we awoke to freezing temps inside the cabin. We started up another fire, cooked breakfast and planned the days attack. Still windy and snowing we set off to hike up to moonlight bowl and find some turns. High winds on the ridges kept us lower and we ended up doing some laps in the north facing trees behind the hut. Mike and Alex stayed and camped out Friday night, with the fading weather and conditions I opted to leave Friday and head back out Sunday for a full day of riding. Overall the trip was a lot of fun and a success, we got some sweet winter camping done, good backcountry powder lines, some drinking and a few good pics.

berthoud booter lines

After a good amount of drinking things go quickly out of control and out comes the voodooo! You must dance and praise the cabin voodoo or all your backcountry trips will parish.

Colorado Backcountry: Loveland Pass

berthoud booter lines

Saturday we had a huge crew up at Loveland Pass shuttling in the monster van. By 10am, we had 9 people pilled inside doing laps. The pass had been closed for 3 days, while almost 2 feet of fresh snow dropped. 6:30am the pass was stilled closed, we knew it would be worth the wait. Around 7:40am the pass opened up and we hit our first few laps. It was pretty much one of the best days I've seen in years at Loveland Pass. It was soo deep most of the terrain looked different, we had 3 or 4 laps of completely untracked deep deep powder. The sun was starting to shine and things couldn't get much better. We made our way over to the G drop and eveyone hucked off. Mike (vangina crew) hit it first and had a completely untouched landing, Mike (scheer) dropped next, then myself, then Mike (of heavywinter) hit it. The crowds started to build so we decided to move on and hit some other areas. We dropped sheep creek, first and second tri's as well. Over at the cabin, there was enough snow to jump off the roof, so we did that a few times too. Photos: Alex M.

berthoud booter lines

Colorado Backcountry: Berthoud Pass & Loveland Pass

Photo: JP Location: Loveland Pass - Idiot's Cornice

1/27/06 Friday - Loveland Pass - Idiot's Cornice - Got up to the Loveland Pass lot early on Friday and found 5" fresh or so. I took my time and geared up, hitch hiking was pretty slow. Did some laps around second tri's, rode a nice layer of pow on top of the huge base. First tri's and deadwood are even better, around 11am more people started to show up and I met up with a guy named Jameson. Zero wind and a beautiful bluebird day we decide to hike the ridge and drop Idiot's Cornice. After the 40 minute hike out the ridge toward Loveland Ski resort we were at the cornice and looking to drop in. I made my way out to the cornice and started to make snowboard cuts and get a large chunk to drop. This huge chunk I cut dropped down into the bowl below with lots of sluff, no slide. We hike up further to a nice untouched area of the cornice and proceeded too huck off. 4 laps later it is all tracked out and we had large smiles all around.

1/29/06 Sunday - Berthoud Pass - Current Creek - Mike, AKD and I met up early at the current creek drainage to find a nice spot and build a booter. The weather today wasn't very good, lots of wind and blowing snow. We hiked back into the safety of the trees and found a sweet spot above the Peter Rabbit hut. The booter was small with a huge powder field landing. At the run out you had multiple snow covered rocks and pillows to jib or slash. We killed the landing and decided to film a few shots dropping off the various rocks and features around. Around 1pm we dicided we'd had enough of the wind and snow, rode out to the cars and hit the rode. The last two days we probably averaged about 4 miles hiking total above 11,000ft.

Wyoming Backcountry: Jackson Hole Footage

Jackson Hole, WY Video (right click - save as)

Check out the video footage from the Jackson Hole trip. We really didn't film very much at all, but at least this will give you an idea of the amount of snow and sweet terrain. Some of the major highlights of the trip for me were hitting twin slides and glory bowl. Doing laps on chivers ridge and hitching our way back up to the summit. The footy includes shots from in and out of bounds near Jackson Hole resort. Rock Springs and Four Pines near Cody Peak was insane and deep. Chivers rigde on Teton pass, Glory Bowl and Twin Slides on Teton pass and Two Oceans on Togwotee pass. Lots of deep deep untracked snow everywhere. It's been a great year for Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. Thank you mother nature...

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