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    11.19.06 The Search TR

    Purple Palace, 11.19.06
    Goldenboy, Mtnbikerskierchick, non-mag Laura

    After the windy and sizeable storm of Nov 13/14, I hadn't had a chance to take a look around and see waht was going on in the Crested Butte backcountry. The storm shut down some of the previously available options like snowmobiling past Gothic, and reports in town were mostly of a thin snowpack that was heavily windaffected. Last year, in similarly wind affected snowpack conditions, the Purple Palace proved to be sheltered enough to still provide good skiing, so we decided to give that a shot.

    Laura, hiking up the last few feet to the ridge, with Cinnamon and Maroon behind



    Slate river valley, CB in the background



    Still haven't hit this face yet, needs a bit more snow



    MBSC called the skiing on the upper treeless part "interesting and fun". Others would call it a wee bit windafuckted. In either case, Laura made it look easy.



    The trees didn't let us down though, and we found some creamy conditions.

    More Laura:






    MBSC:




    GB:




    We found lots of evidence of cracking and slides from the storm cycle. The snowpack definitely needed a few days to mellow out before stomping around on it too much.

    It's dark on N faces now- I think I need to increase my shutter speed just a bit when I am shooting in the shade.

    The next day we grabbed ropes and crampons and ventured into the gnarnia found in this photo. Consider that a teaser.

    Last edited by goldenboy; 11-21-2006 at 08:23 PM.

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    wow, nice. looks good down there.

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    Yahtzee!
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    'cuse me for a sec while I try to contain the drool factor...


    Very, very nice. The CB BC crew comes through.




    ... and the tease... jeeeeeez! ...I don't wanna talk about it.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy View Post
    Purple Palace, 11.19.06
    Slate river valley, CB in the background


    BEAUTY!!!!!
    Fighting leads to killing, and killing gets to warring. And that was damn near the death of us all.

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    Ohhh, I'm excited for the completion of the teaser.

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    MMMMMMM More CB pics please. (drool on self emoticon)

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    Killerrrrrrrrr. Work it.

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    Excellent TR. Keep on searching. The truth is out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Duchovny View Post
    Excellent TR. Keep on searching. The truth is out there.
    Sorry, I believe you meant to be in this thread: http://tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68128

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    Thanks for the TR.
    Nice pictures and good snow.
    Is Laura a CB/CO local?

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    Well played, very well played indeed. And this stuff looks quite fun as well..
    "They don't think it be like it is, but it do."

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    Good work guys.

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    kickass! The snow in the trees looks $$$$$

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    It was a fun day out there and fun to ski with a chick that rips!

    Quote Originally Posted by whorehey View Post
    Is Laura a CB/CO local?
    She is a seasonal local. In January she'll be moving to BC and will also be traveling a lot for skiing.
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    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle"--Albert Einstein

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    ^^^ In addition to hanging out in Pemberton with her boyfriend, Laura will also be spending a lot of time on the hill she grew up at- Crystal Mtn, WA

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    I think she wrote about Pinball chute at Crystal in the women's mag-insert in Powder.
    That and the volkls and her skiing skills.
    Thanks again for the TR from a strong crew in a beautiful spot.
    --end female professional skier stalking...

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