TR: Atlantic Peak Ski, West Couloirs (13 May 2015)

(Last Updated On: June 30, 2015)

After skiing Tweto the day be for, I rendezvoused with Natalie, who was up for joining Matt and I for another ski. This time our goal was Fletcher Mountain. However, a once promising forecast turned south on us as the day came closer. We woke up to clouds, and hoped that they would break as the day moved on.

We headed up Mayflower Gulch and enjoyed the scenes from the Boston Mine Camp.
Mayflower Gulch, Boston Mine Camp

Views from Boston Mine Camp in Mayflower Gulch.

Instead of lifting, thought, the clouds just socked in more.
Views from Boston Mine

This was one of the last views of the mountain we had for a while….
Fletcher Mountain and Atlantic Peak.

Shortly after the previous photo was taken, we found ourselves engulfed in clouds. Surrounded by fog, we couldn’t tell up from down. We were worried about climbing up the peak, let alone skiing down it. It was probably time to make a change.

I proposed heading over toward Atlantic Peak which harbored some couloirs which could provide some visibility for us, shown at the far left in the photo above. We all agreed that the weather was not optimal for skiing Fletcher, and perhaps that Atlantic was a better choice.

To Atlantic Peak we went.
Climbing up Atlantic Peak.

Me climbing. The weather wanted to suck the motivation out of me, but I resisted by breaking trail.
Brittany Konsella climbing up Atlantic Peak.

Wait, is that the sun trying to peek through?
Couloir on Atlantic Peak.

You know it’s been a rough spring when you start taking pictures of the sun 😉
Couloir on Atlantic Peak.

Almost there! Matt and Natalie:
Matt Kamper and Natalie Moran climbing Atlantic Peak.

We met the clouds again on the ridge.
Natalie Moran and Matt Kamper on the ridge on Atlantic Peak.

We were a couple hundred feet short of the summit. But, since all three of us had summited Atlantic Peak via the eastern side, we opted not to pursue the rather sporty climb to the top. Skiing seemed like a better option:)

Natalie.
Natalie Moran backcountry skiing on Atlantic Peak.

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By the time we reached the bottom, the clouds had lifted just a bit, so we could get one last view of Atlantic Peak. The summit is out of sight and not where you’d expect it to be from this viewpoint.
Ski lines on the west side of Atlantic Peak.

After that, we slid our way out of Mayflower Gulch and back to our cars, happy that we made the most of a low-visibility day!
Skiing down Mayflower Gulch.

Our crampons of choice, the CAMP XLC 390!

Brittany Walker Konsella

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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Atlantic Peak Ski, West Couloirs (13 May 2015)
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Atlantic Peak Ski, West Couloirs (13 May 2015)
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Atlantic Peak harbors some fantastic skiing. In this report, we check out the lesser-visited west couloirs off of this wonderful peak!
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Brittany Walker Konsella

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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