Before our last storm, I headed out to my favorite zone with Josh Macak for some steep powder turns. The snow was the perfect- creamy, fast, and consistent. While my backcountry turns this year have been limited while I try to let the avalanche dragon slumber, I’m hopeful that all this snow which has our mountains completely caked with snow will lead to a great spring ski season.
It’s kind of like Candy Crush, but instead it’s Crested Butte Crush. Either way, both are equally addicting. I’ll admit it, I’m addicted to both of the Crushes. But, the latter is far more rewarding and better fuel for the soul.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort has just been crushing it this year- a much needed change from two years of sub-par snow. This year, the ski area has been a joy with adequate snow and copious amounts of it continuing to fall allowing us to get out and challenge ourselves (perhaps even scare ourselves) on steep in-bounds terrain that is relatively easy to access – some stuff we haven’t had access to in the three years. This prepares us well with our spring season antics when we hopefully will be skiing this type of terrain in the backcountry as well. But, for now, I’ll stick with the Crested Butte Crush. I’m loving this game.
Here’s some shots we’ve managed to gather in between the killer powder days over the last few weeks:
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For the most part, we stayed out of the Crested Butte backcountry during the month of February. A two week dry spell followed by several feet of dense snow mixed in with some wind slab layers and a warming trend made for some precarious backcountry conditions for us. We stuck to the resort because it was safe and it was good. People would see us and say, “Don’t you ski backcountry any more?” But, this is not new to us. To be honest, we often stay out of Colorado’s backcountry in mid-winter as it is typically the time when instabilities are the worst.
But, this past weekend, the snowpack was gaining strength. The snow was good and not many people had been venturing out. It was time to go into the backcountry again.
Frank and I originally headed out with our friend Alex, but were joined by our two friends Ryan and Joel who happened to be venturing in the same area. The skiing was creamy and good.