Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunny Days and Being Thankful for What We Have!

Smithy skiing N. Ruby Pk in chalky pow

Near gear is trickling in (new Ski Trab World Cup race skis, bindings, skins, packs, gloves, Alien boots, etc) and the sun is shining....we at Team Crested Butte can't be more thankful for all the support we receive from our sponsors.  While it hasn't been snowing out recently, its been great to get out and explore some high alpine areas above the town site of Irwin, CO.

Smithy nailing it on N. Ruby Peak Saturday

Sunday's Tour took place in the same zone near Irwin.  Ochs, Smithy, myself and Huck (the Mayor of CB) started early and booted up the South side of Mt Owen (via the Diagonal Coulior) and dropped into some soft snow on Jenga chute.  At the bottom we skinned up into one coulior over called Spire chute which was untouched and opened it up for the season.  Great snow on the North side of Owen considering we haven't had anything in over 10 days...and its been mild too....thank god for shadows that are keeping the snow that we have intact.
The Mayor getting up the beginning of the route for the Sunday tour

Smithy, Ochs and the mayor  getting ready to hike up the Diagonal Coulior

Ochs & Smithy booting up the Diagonal Coulior on South side of Owen

Heading towards Jenga

Top of Jenga on Owen.

The boys celebrating the arrival at the top of Jenga...hike South, ski North

Smithy Alien-ing it up!

Jenga chute...not bad for a drought

Many turns to be thankful for, while we suffer this drought...ugh!

Smithy & Ochs laughing about how good they got it!

Ruby, Owen & Purple...the Irwin Trifecta in the Ruby Range

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