02-17-2007, 06:01 PM #1
TR - Berthoud... no Butler Gulch, 18" pow + bluebird
February 17, 2007: Butler Gulch, 18" pow + bluebird
Riders: Killclimbz, IridePow
The original plan was to hit Berthoud.
However the pass was closed and after a CDOT employee told us it's going to stay like that for a while we hit Butler Gulch.
Good thing….. Because they did not even start bombing the Stanley chute until 12:30. By then we were already on our twenty third lap.... just kidding.
I guess they have only one howitzer for the front range and that one was busy over at the tunnel/loveland pass??
So while most other people were stuck somewhere in front of the tunnel or waiting for Berthoud to open we enjoyed an awesome time.
Butler Gulch does not really provide the longest verts, however when you lap it enough, you get plenty of good turns in.
Avalanche danger scale was on high, so we stayed on low angle stuff.
The snow was excellent and deep (18" plus) below tree line. Surprisingly soft after those 90mph wind gusts.
Virgin Powder in front of me….. I likey….. I am going to slay this now !!!
Killclimbz enjoying it
Where the heck is my path again? Why can they not just straight line this??!
Wind battered stuff above tree line
Yes, it was still a little windy above tree line
Killclimbz surfing the wave
Some turns in the trees
Also Cody got some face shots…… plenty to be exact!
On the "Butler Gulch way out"
Please Forest Service, can you put in a magic carpet here??!
02-17-2007, 06:05 PM #2
02-17-2007, 06:11 PM #3
Surfing is right! Excellent!
Thank you, Colorado maggots for proving over and over and over again how much it sucks here.Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
Henry David Thoreau
02-17-2007, 06:13 PM #4
Thanks for the great pics and report Iride. I like this pic:
These pics make me wanna go surfing for some reason.
02-17-2007, 06:16 PM #5
I can't think of a better way to spend a day.
02-17-2007, 06:17 PM #6Registered User
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Thanks for breaking trail for us Skiing was excellent in there today. Warmish temps, not as much wind as I was expecting, and great snow.
We were on the trail at about 10:30 (waited for traffic to hopefully calm down a bit), but I don't think we saw you guys.
02-17-2007, 08:02 PM #7
Way to get something really nice despite the highway clusterfuck.
Its been a couple years since I've been up Butler - I've gotta get back soon.
02-17-2007, 08:17 PM #8
What could have been a crap day, turned out just perfect. It's always good to get out with some of the mags. spthompson where were you???
02-17-2007, 08:38 PM #9
02-17-2007, 09:04 PM #10
iride, totally should have gone with you guys today...i-70 was a major clusterfuck. we ended up truning around leaving me blueballing. nice pics.
02-17-2007, 10:40 PM #11
However there were suprisingly only a few people back at Butler Gulch.
I would have thought all the Berthoud crowd will be there.... was not the case and freshies were had all day long.
I hope you guys got some good turns in as well.
02-17-2007, 10:43 PM #12
02-18-2007, 01:34 AM #13
Touring with a demonic wolf is so hot right now.Big mountain or Bust.
02-18-2007, 01:52 AM #14
Ahhh SWEET pic - you can really feel the FLOAT!!!
Coming back to Colo in two weeks - should've made the effort this weekend!An Evolutionary Rider
02-18-2007, 06:07 AM #15
thanks, iridepow. been lurking for long enough. it was time to take the plunge into complete and total addictiveness instead of just watching others like a 5 car pile-up on the other side of the freeway. i wanted my first post to be an epic TR, but those will soon come.
02-18-2007, 03:44 PM #16
02-18-2007, 04:02 PM #17
Hahaha, what is up with this pic? G is no bean pole, but he's not represented very well here...
nice stoke though, way to get after it with less than favorable (road and wind loading) conditions.__
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What a fucked up thing we do
What a nightmare come true
Or a playground if we choose
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02-19-2007, 11:32 AM #18
02-19-2007, 11:34 AM #19
$$$so many mountains...so little time
02-19-2007, 05:42 PM #20
looks great. Dig the surfing pic.
02-20-2007, 11:52 AM #21out
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02-20-2007, 12:32 PM #22
Not sitting in traffic sucks.
Winky emoticons suck.
02-20-2007, 12:49 PM #23
noice. tres tres noice.
02-20-2007, 01:52 PM #24
I was up there that same day and had some of the best turns I've had this season, as far as powder goes! Way to get after it when most cars were just turning around and heading back to Denver!-
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