(Last Updated On: March 16, 2014)
Since moving to Crested Butte roughly 20 years ago, I’ve looked up at the backside of Crested Butte and wondered about the skiing potential. The most obvious line is the Country Club Couloir, aka Skyland couloir, but before last weekend, I hadn’t skied it yet. Unlike the more straightforward (but still difficult to navigate) Buckhorn Couloir, the CCC is often done with a little bit of ropework. South facing and in the low snow zone that the ski area sits in, the line needs at least an average year. After the past two rough years, this year has been relatively deep, and the CCC was definitely in.
While the top of this line is the ski area, CBMR’s closed boundary meant that we would be ascending from Brush Creek. It’s worth it though- from the views to the rock formations to the giant old trees, this is a special part of the valley.
Again, the couloir was oh-so-close to being skiable, but a 15 foot narrow section with a bit of ice made it a dicey proposition, especially since the “speed-scrubbing” zone wasn’t exactly huge. Even after this rap, the couloir again narrowed to pretty much exactly 180cm, though we skied through that one. Pete:
All in all, a great ski on a great mountain. From the amazing terrain of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, to the Terminator chutes, the the routes on the South side like this one and the East facing terrain of 4th and 5th bowls (also accessible from Brush Creek), Crested Butte has a lot to offer, especially if you’re willing to work for the backcountry options.