TR: Gothic East Face

(Last Updated On: May 1, 2014)

Undoubtedly, Gothic’s East face is probably the most drooled over feature by backcountry skiers visiting Crested Butte. From the ski area, this face seems to beckon skiers every moment that it isn’t obscured by clouds. I skied the East Face four years back. We made the pics look good, but conditions were actually kind of horrible – Largely breakable crust. While skiing through the mid-section, I stuffed a tip into the crust and sprained my knee, making the experience worse. I’d been waiting for redemption ever since. Finally, the time had come.

With the fast-melting snow throughout the week, it was questionable whether the East Face was even still in. So, I checked it out the night before. Still looking alright!
Gothic East Face

Jarrett, Jenny, and Ben were game to join me in my claims for redemption. It was cold morning as we headed toward our goal.
Gothic south side

The climb up Gothic is always fun. Ben
Ben ascending Gothic

Jarrett climbing Gothic's ridge

climbing Gothic's ridge

The summit of Gothic is always a picturesque place. We were surprised when another skier came clambering up behind us. But, happy too, because that meant he could take our picture! Ben, Me, Jenny, and Jarrett.
Gothic summit

After the cold night and warming day, conditions on Gothic’s east face were prime. Ben dropping in.
Ben McShan skiing Gothic East Face

Ben McShan skiing Gothic East Face

Jarrett decided to be different, dropping in over the cornice.
Jarrett Luttrell snowboarding Gothic East Face

Jarrett Luttrell snowboarding Gothic East Face

Lower down, the turns continues to be fun. Jenny.
Jenny Veilleux skiing Gothic East Face

Jenny Veilleux skiing Gothic East Face

Ben.
Ben

Jarrett.
Jarrett

Pretty sure this face says it all!
Ben

The turns through the apron were a bit bumpy but fun.
Ben

Jenny

Recemption = complete. Skiing Gothic’s East Face in warming soft snow is much better than skiing it in breakable crust 🙂
Gothic East Face

Thanks to Jenny, Jarrett, and Ben for joining me in my quest for atonement! It’s still GOOD out there! Get out for some spring turns!

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Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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