Colorado Backcountry: Apache Mountain - Apache Couloir

Apache Mountain, Apache Couloir
Distance: 13 miles round trip
Vert Gain: 3500'
Vert Ski'd: 2000'
Duration: 10 hr to car, 4:00am start
Date: 07/09/2005
Elevation: 13,500
Starting Location: Brainard Lake

Colorado Backcounty: Update

ridge line

It's been deep lately. Winter hasn't given up on Colorado, with over 2 feet of fluffy powder just this week, shit is going off. We've done a lot of riding since the last update so I don't even know where to start. Berthoud and Loveland Pass are sick right now with tons of fresh over the weekend. We rode up at Loveland again on Sunday and it was epic, tons of fresh powder and lots of fun wind blown features of slash. The trees are holding a lot of snow, and you don't have to search very hard for fresh lines. Loveland resort is report over 70" base so you know the snow is good. The Berthoud backcountry is insane right now too, they have been getting a lot of snow these last few months and things are setting up nicely. If your willing to hike and take a long day trip you can access some really fresh steep terrain up near the divide around Berthoud. Don't forget to check avalanche conditions and make safe decisions, steeps just aren't worth your life. AKD and I also hit up Mary Jane last week and the snow was great, after MJ we went up to the Berthoud summit to build a kicker. The powder up on the summit was completely untracked and it was a great landing for our mini huckfest. Even Eldora is getting the stoke, I was up there yesterday and it was perfect. They reported 22" over the last 2 days, the back side Corona was untracked all day long. I rode the steeps on the backside and trees most of the day. Tons of light snow in the morning, around 1pm the sun broke through and things started getting mashed and heavy.

Colorado Backcountry: Loveland Pass


Friday 6am, we found ourselves kicking it with the plow driver from CDOT waiting for the pass to open. He made his way up to blast the seven sisters chutes and the dude ski'd his way down. 9" inches new snow we wre stoked to shred. Around 7am the pass opened and we started to hitch. The shit was deep, the storm dropped a good amount of new snow and it continued throughout the day. We stayed below tree line and had unlimited fresh all day. We also met up with our new plow driver friend for some laps. He was a skier and could shred it up gnar. AKD and I went over to Loveland Resort around 1pm to check out some of the lines off chair 8. Pretty sick over here too, pretty of fresh still around and lots of lines in the trees. The terrain park was kinda whack, most of the rails were set up all crooked and shit. It was wierd. The wall ride was the best feature for sure. We got bored here fast and went back over to the pass to hitch. Got plenty of rides all afternoon until we left for keystone around 7pm. Keystone was alright, hit a few night lines then went straight for the park. The park setup is ill, but it was hella icy from kids hitting shit all day. Tons of jibs and sick jumps. The A51 terrain park lift makes laps easy.

LP Deep/Tree Jib [Video Clip/Sound.wmv]

Colorado: Gravity Games - Copper Mountain

Gravity Games: Womens Superpipe

Gravity Games went off this weekend up at Copper Mountain. Superpipe and Slopestyle. J5 killed it on Saturday. Where were you?

J5 Breakers [Vid Clip/Snd]

Gravity Games: J5

Big shout to the crew, it was good to see everyone this weekend. Sorry I missed out on the night sesh at Keystone. Some of the weekend highlights included me eating shit into a tree trying to follow J2's tree bonk line. Kicking it with jordy, sarah, adryan, d, stacy, robin, fej, jenn, mark, nick, ryan, and the a.d.d. crew. Jumping off the top of the ghetto rainbow over the bomb hole, trying to figure out who was on the "cool chair".

Gravity Games: Breaker Gravity Games: Breaker Gravity Games: J5 Gravity Games: J5

Colorado Backcountry: Loveland / Arapahoe Basin

Last Saturday I started off at LP again super early, with a couple inches of new snow I knew it would get tracked fast. Around 6:45am I got my first lift up and decided to take one of the less traveled lines back down to the east portal switchback. Made my way over to the Elevator drop and hucked myself off, landing was ok but filled with crater holes from previous hucksters. Did laps over and over and even found some stashes of pretend-a-fresh way off the beaten path. I was pretty surprised because the crowds were not really out in force today. Around 10am I met up with this skier named Aaron, we decided to get a lift up to the summit and hike back onto the ridge. After 20 minutes of hiking we were near the top of Widowmaker ready to drop, lots of good snow and untracked pow up above treeline. Be careful with the Avy danger. We boot packed up the couloirs a few times for some sweet turns down.

Sunday I rode up at Arapahoe Basin and it was pretty sick. The lower East Wall is open and the shredding is tight. Lots of drops and rock bonks, the bowls above treeline had some nice loose snow and there are tons of cornices to huck off of. I rode with Krissy for the 2nd half of the day and we tore up the moguls on Pali face. Tons of rocks over here, I'd stay closer to mid-mountain. I gotta say, Krissy f-ckking kills it in the moguls. Everyone always looks at me stupid when I say I love the moguls. Spent some time in the terrain park early in the day and they have a few features up and going. When you first enter the park you have a choice of a small boot or a small shotgun rail. A bit farther down you can hit a nice hip jump or longer trap box on the left. Once you get into the Lower Rail Yard you have a bunch of boxes to choose from, a long shotgun style rail and a bunch of kickers. Abasin crowds weren't very bad at all, but the traffic on the drive home was insane.

Colorado Backcountry: Loveland Pass

Again this weekend I meet Mike up at LP hella early to get some lines in before the mass crowd of gapes. We got to the east portal switch back around 6:30am and started hitching. We must have gotten 10 or so laps in before anyone else started to show up. We sessioned some of the hidden stashes all morning and once the crowds waiting for pickups started to get too big we shuttled using Mike's truck. Ret, Mike and I spent another 2 hours doing laps where ever we wanted switching off the driving. The snow wasn't the best, but we were still able to find plenty of hidden fresh. Around noon, Mike and I broke off to dig a snowpit near the Sheep Creek avalanche path above Loveland basin. We dug a 8 ft deep pit roughly 11,600ft, 32degree slope angle, N-NE. We did shear and compression tests and found a very weak layer roughly 8-12" before the surface. Many layers below this, including almost 3 feet of depth hoar. We saw many skier triggered slides and natural point release slides around the Widowmaker and Loveland Ridge. We decided to stay around treeline. Mike took off after we dug the pit and I did some more laps up on LP.

holy fukkin crowd batman

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