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    TR: Gambling on Pilot Peak

    Pilot Peak is the highest mountain in the Pilot Range in eastern Elko County, Nevada, just over the UT state line, right next to Wendover. It is the most topographically prominent peak in Elko County and the fourth-most prominent peak in Nevada, rising to an elevation of 10,720 ft towering above the Great Basin.

    Trackhead mentioned the peak to both myself and MarkH, didn't take too much prodding and we planned a quick trip New Years day. It was 4 of us, myself, MarkH, Ian, and Layne.

    As we drove out of town we were reminded of the peaks just out the front door, but hey we've skied it before and needed an adventure.


    Pilot peak coming into view, we were really starting to question if there was enough snow to ski


    Looking better!


    We drove as far as my Jeep would take us to around 6,300 feet and started skinning from there


    The Great Basin at our backs


    After a thousand feet of climbing we reached the alpine and things started to look even better, Ian breaking MarkH following


    Still climbing, the views through the old growth did not suck


    As we continue to ascend the wind started to pick up and was gusting to 30mph by the time we hit the ridge. We all scrambled to the top as quickly as possibly and jumped into a nicely built windbreak. We estimated the windchill to be around -20, COLD!


    Myself and Layne psyched to be up top


    We sat around for a bit, snacked and took in the views. Shots from the top...






    Now time to SKI, but first a jog down from the summit without blowing away.


    MarkH taking his turn


    Ian next


    Layne slashing one for the camera


    Now mine


    We skied down about 3000 feet and decided to lap another zone that split off to the right, might as well since we are in the area! Ian and Layne headed up


    Some parting shots of the skiing, since that's what we are here for









    Trudging back to the car, good day out!

  2. #2
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    I drive that way every summer to MT. Nice to see Pilot covered in snow.

    Thanks

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    nice work, way to mix it up. Ian aka the human lung jr.
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    Rad! I remember reading trackheads report on his now dead site and thinking sometime that's worth doing. Glad to see you skiing it

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    Nice J!!!
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    More stoke, less shit.

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    I love Nevada! Every once in a while I regret not taking the job in Elko when I moved to Wenatchee.

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    Nice work! Those old growth trees look fun.

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    Nice score, add that to when you guys scored the north peak of the Oquirhhs to the Salt Lake. I think it's hard to capture in pics the randomness of skiing out there.

    Our day wasn't quite as good

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    Sveet!

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    Way cool J.



    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post
    Our day wasn't quite as good
    Hah, I had forgotten about that pic. Man that looks fucking miserable, solid Type III fun.

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    awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post
    Nice score, add that to when you guys scored the north peak of the Oquirhhs to the Salt Lake. I think it's hard to capture in pics the randomness of skiing out there.

    Our day wasn't quite as good
    Hah, hope Tom brought his rock skis! I think it's really hit or miss on this peak. Weird weather patterns and no snotel makes it hard to figure out what conditions will be like.

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    awesome JTrue
    the snow looked good too!

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    Cool TR from a zone I had no idea existed.

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    to the top
    sir ej style

    strong work
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    ski on in eternal peace

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    Awesome! That for taking the time to do an old school TR in a FaceBook Instragram world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    Awesome! That for taking the time to do an old school TR in a FaceBook Instragram world.
    Imagine that...........

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    Sweet! I ogle that thing every time I make the trip from Tahoe to Salt lake or City of Rocks.
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    Cool TR. Basin and Range FTW.

    So many random little mountain ranges around the West.
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