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  1. #1
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    Monarch Pass, CO

    I ski Monarch Pass. I don't really have a TR for you but here are some shots of the season so far. I am not really much of a photog either. I like Monarch Pass. Maybe because we like what we know but I have fun up there. It is windy. The vertical is short. But I have a good time. Most of my skiing is done in the BC and early in the morning. I have two little kids so that is what I do to keep the stoke alive...

    this is a line I call the Island Chute. With recent dry spells between dumps we have been trying to beat down each little storm to keep this skiing well all season.


    this is looking down at the same line before dropping in.


    here is my friend Dave making a turn in the middle of the Island Chute.


    here is my wife skiing some pow on Elation Ridge after a recent dump. I will not be offering any photos of her in any less than she is wearing in this photo. I realize this will cost me on this board but I am way more afraid of her then you all.

    I have been lurking on this board for a little while. This is a cool spot. Given recent events I have been really impressed with this community's response. I look forward to making a small contribution.
    Last edited by Harv; 02-13-2007 at 10:26 AM.

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    Thumbs up

    OK... you can stay
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    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

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    Small vert or not, this photo needs no disclaimer



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    I would love to explore that area. Whenever I'm around Monarch Pass, I see alot of great tracks.
    Fighting leads to killing, and killing gets to warring. And that was damn near the death of us all.

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    yeah, anyone who wants to check it out, send a PM when you are headed this way. Quick access turns for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harv View Post
    here is my wife skiing some pow on Elation Ridge after a recent dump. I will not be offering any photos of her in any less than she is wearing in this photo. I realize this will cost me on this board but I am way more afraid of her then you all.

    haha
    I laughed

    welcome!
    you should most definitely stick around.

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    Keep the pictures and reports coming. Good to hear from someone down that way. Thanks for the stoke.

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    Very nice!
    I am coming to monarch this sat!
    I was just thinking about seeing who the Monarch Mags are.
    I will have girlfriend in tow! Maybe she can ski with your SO!?
    Anyway...PM sent, maybe a sat morn BC dawn patrol??

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    Nice! beautiful spot (and shots).

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    awesome. gotta love monarch pass in the summer and the winter!

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Harv View Post
    Excellent. I'm pretty sure I know where that line is...I've only skied the chute proper once, last season, when conditions were good and stable. Seemed like an avy waiting to happen in less than excellent stability, to me, but sounds like you deem it good to go regularly? (Not questioning your judgment...just wanting to get a better sense from a local).

    Definitely a great line...

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    [QUOTE=Harv;1129073]I ski Monarch Pass. I don't really have a TR for you but here are some shots of the season so far. I am not really much of a photog either. I like Monarch Pass. Maybe because we like what we know but I have fun up there. It is windy. The vertical is short. But I have a good time. Most of my skiing is done in the BC and early in the morning. I have two little kids so that is what I do to keep the stoke alive...


    That looks pretty fun.

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    Nice work, Harv. We definatly need to meet up & make some turns.

    I need to get away from that lazy mans chairlift thingy-ma-bob and it's associated hardpack and get out in the goods. Maybe what THoar's sayin' would work out good.

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleHoar View Post
    Very nice!
    I am coming to monarch this sat!
    I was just thinking about seeing who the Monarch Mags are.
    I will have girlfriend in tow! Maybe she can ski with your SO!?
    Anyway...PM sent, maybe a sat morn BC dawn patrol??
    Is that one of your wife in Snowstake?

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    Excellent. I'm pretty sure I know where that line is...I've only skied the chute proper once, last season, when conditions were good and stable. Seemed like an avy waiting to happen in less than excellent stability, to me, but sounds like you deem it good to go regularly? (Not questioning your judgment...just wanting to get a better sense from a local).

    Definitely a great line...
    oh no...I would not go so far as to say it is regularly skiable. You know, just kind of a day by day, week by week type of situation. It is pretty sheltered so does not get the sort of wind load that many other shots with a similar aspect get. All that being said I tread pretty carefully over there...kids to feed and all..

    [QUOTE][Nice work, Harv. We definatly need to meet up & make some turns.

    I need to get away from that lazy mans chairlift thingy-ma-bob and it's associated hardpack and get out in the goods. Maybe what THoar's sayin' would work out good.
    /QUOTE]

    for sure, plans in the works if you want in.

    Is that one of your wife in Snowstake?
    Elation Ridge. It is all the way out past Mirkwood, hike to from the ski area. Sort of east-southeast facing but holds great snow when the temps have been right because very few people want to walk that far for the ammount of vert you get...but quality not quantity right?

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    This thread should be saved as the perfect example of your 1st post. Bravo Harv ! Finally someone who gets it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harv View Post
    for sure, plans in the works if you want in.
    E-mail sent

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    Quote Originally Posted by board View Post
    This thread should be saved as the perfect example of your 1st post. Bravo Harv ! Finally someone who gets it.
    Agreed nicely done!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by board View Post
    This thread should be saved as the perfect example of your 1st post. Bravo Harv ! Finally someone who gets it.
    ...but this isn't/wasn't his first post...registered in Jan 2005...

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    nice work Harv. hey, my brother lives in Salida and skis the bc around Monarch. pretty sure he's skied a few times up there with your friend Dave already this year.

    welcome aboard! sending pm.
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    right on. thanks for the kind words.

    definitely not my first post. like a lot of people that stumble on to this site I was JONG'd (deservedly) for posting too quickly without searching and the like.

    All I was saying was that I have replied to posts and posted some stuff but mostly lurked and I started to "get" this site and I think it is a cool place and here are some pics....

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    nice pics, especially looking down the line from the top. $$$$

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