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    TR - April in Montucky and the Tetons

    This is a few weeks late, but I figure better late than never. Itís my first TR, so feel free to flame away. I had 10 days open at the end of April for skiing around Montana and Wyoming. We started it off with closing weekend shenanigans and lots of booze at Big Sky. I got in two days of guided skiing in GTNP after that, then
    a four day mountaineering course with Beartooth Powder Guides in Cooke City (stayed at the Mt Zimmer Yurt).

    Killer terrain off the tram and Challenger lift at Big Sky. Met up with fellow mag thefrush and skied the Big C, A-Z Chutes, and North Summit Snowfield.

    Non-mag John about to drop into A-Z Chutes:
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    Me getting ready to go:
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    Shot of the line from below. Dropped into the V at top center, through the choke, and then skiers left down the big chute:
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    Skiing was over early on day two, which meant party time. Headed over to the pond skim with backpacks full of beer - it was a fun time, but the crowds were a little insane. Lots of big sunglasses, trucker hats, and yoga pants, if ya get my drift. Also lots of dudes in cutoff shorts if yoga pants arenít your thing. Pics or it didnít happen, right? Notice the cutoff shorts on the left and right side of us in this picture. Weird or hilarious, Iím not sure. Anyway, Iím in the red hat.
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    Hungover and done skiing lifts at BS, it was time to drive down to Jackson for couloir skiing in GTNP. I met up with Yostmark/Exum guide Scott Palmer. Great dude. Iíve skied with him a couple days over the past few seasons when I want to explore a new area or learn new skills. Yup, I know, Iím a dentist. The goal of this trip was to get some experience rappelling and learn the layout of GTNP. We nailed the weather and conditions and Iím psyched to get back up there next winter.

    Day one in GTNP. Skinned up Shadow Peak, booted up Sliver Couloir, and rappelled into East Hourglass Couloir. Amazing conditions - North facing boot top pow.

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    View of the Sliver from Shadow Peak:
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    A few turns down into the Nez Perce cirque before the climb:
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    Crampons on, up the Sliver we go:
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    Made it to the top of the Sliver around 4-5 hours after leaving the trailhead. Now the fun begins with a rappel into East Hourglass. I think we made two or three rappels on a 40m rope before we skied. This was an awesome ski and also seemed like a perfect line to learn rappelling skills - relatively low consequence in good conditions with multiple anchors already built.

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    Time to ski the East Hourglass! This is an epic line that opens up with a closeup view of the GFT.
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    We skied out Avalanche Canyon (or was it Garnett? Iíll fix this in an edit), had a slushy lake crossing and a little bush whacking to get back to the car. Didnít have to take the skis off though! Click image for larger version. 

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    A hell of a day. I didnít think day two could get better, but it did. The plan was to skin up Ullrís slide path (it was frozen solid in the early AM) on 25 Short, up Snow Devil Ridge, down Chute the Moon, and a skin/boot up Buck Mountain and into Buckshot Couloir.

    Skinning up Ullrís:
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    Skinning up Snow Devil Ridge:
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    Up top, ready for Chute the Moon. More boot deep north facing pow!
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    Skinning up to the bottom of Buck Mountain.

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    Almost at the top of Buckshot.
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    Iíll be damned, more cold pow.
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    Done skiing in GTNP, now onto Cooke City. This place is rad. If you get the chance, book a few nights at Beartooth Powder Guidesí yurt. Big terrain, but you need a sled to get around.

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    Sled access only to the yurt - about a 20 minute ride from town.
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    Our first day skiing we set out to ski one of these coolies, but temps got warm too fast. Iíll be back!
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    Plan B got us into Acid Drop couloir and more north facing pow. Seems to be a theme of the trip.
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    Lots of big alpine terrain in the Beartooths. Plenty of corn skiing to go around too.
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    That pretty much wraps it up... get out to the Yellowstone area for some spring skiing next year if you can!










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    Last edited by thefortrees; 05-27-2018 at 12:13 AM.

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    Awesome!! I hate slushy lake crossings.
    Something about the wrinkle in your forehead tells me there's a fit about to get thrown
    And I never hear a single word you say when you tell me not to have my fun
    It's the same old shit that I ain't gonna take off anyone.
    and I never had a shortage of people tryin' to warn me about the dangers I pose to myself.

    Patterson Hood of the DBT's

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    Nice TR, thanks for posting!

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    Woooooow.

    Thks for share this fantastics pics! In my country i dont have this.

  5. #5
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    I missed this one
    Nice pics
    Thx for the TR

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