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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby unclegar » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:49 pm

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby Jyak » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:53 am

East Face of Fletcher is still in with several routes to choose from as of 6/3/12. Skiers are still making turns down almost all of the runs.

In the photo, the red "x" route was snow free at its middle choke point. The arrow is the route we took. The horizontal line is for a heavy cornice.
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Our route was probably 70-80 degrees on the out. No ceiling.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby jmc5040 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:44 am

Jyak wrote:East Face of Fletcher is still in with several routes to choose from as of 6/3/12. Skiers are still making turns down almost all of the runs.

In the photo, the red "x" route was snow free at its middle choke point. The arrow is the route we took. The horizontal line is for a heavy cornice.
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Our route was probably 70-80 degrees on the out. No ceiling.
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How were the conditions in the couloir that you skied? Was the coverage good such that it may still be in decent shape come this Friday/Saturday? It looks like you can make turns down to the lake below 12,800 feet, is that correct? Do you have any photos closer up of the route you took? Thanks for the info!
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby gb » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:34 pm

Looks to me like the snow quality took a nosedive across the whole state in the last week and a half, at least for us skiers. At least it was a surprisingly good spring given the winter we had. Anyway, the North side of Tower near Silverton will hold snow for quite some time and has a number of routes on it for those of you looking for some SJ routes. http://14erskiers.com/blog/2012/06/tr-silverton-tower-27-may-2012/

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby Jyak » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:36 pm

jmc5040:

I do have more photos, but unfortunately I'm about to get on a plane for a business trip that will last all week; I won't have access to the computer with the photos, and that would be too late to help. If you want, PM me with a name and I can add you as a Facebook friend where I just uploaded a photo album of the trip.

We didn't ski down; we were purely a climbing party, so we did a glissade. We did see turn lines all the way to about 12,800 feet coming from multiple routes.

We never touched rock once despite ankle deep kicked steps onto the coulior.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:52 pm

Buffalo's Silver Couloir....Didnt do the line, but it does look good....

Just please be careful on it...RIP Jeff Ipsen
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby d_baker » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:01 pm

^ That's been my view every day from work for last couple of weeks. Sadly, I did not climb it either. It's melting out quick too.

Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby lodgling » Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:01 am

gb wrote:Wilsons:
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Cool perspective on Boxcar.

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby moneymike » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:32 pm

lodgling wrote:
gb wrote:Wilsons:
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Cool perspective on Boxcar.


Nice photo, when was it taken?

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby gb » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:23 pm

moneymike wrote:
lodgling wrote:
Nice photo, when was it taken?


may 27

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby jeffskio » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:35 pm

Climbed Atlantis today and started up the couloir at 8:30 am. Snow was good and it only took 30 minutes to climb the coulior. From the car it took about 2 hours to the peak.

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby PolishPete » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:10 pm

Wanted to bump this thread. Coming out from Chicago on Thursday, and wanted to climb a couloir. Anybody have very recent info on the "Fridge" on Ice, or possibly any good beta/recent conditions from this past weekend on any couloirs? If so, please post up!!

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