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    TR: Wine Bottle Coolers, Treasury Mountain. 10/20/07

    mtnbikerskierchick, goldenboy, non-mags Jack, Luke, and Sutton.

    Heading out Yule pass:


    MBSC, with Whetstone in the background:




    The plan was to summit Treasury mountain and drop off the other side into the winebottle couloirs, which I knew would have plenty of snow, being sheltered and north facing. Here's the route up Treasury:



    Skinning the ridge of Treasury:


    So far it was a beautiful day, and the views were fantastic ahead of the approaching storm. Mt Owen:


    Chair Mountain:


    The winds picked up as we approached the summit:


    Capital and Snowmass. I like the way Capital is dark and foreboding, and Snowmass is still in the light.


    Jack walked out to check out our lines, with the summit of Treasury behind. We all thought that the diagonal line looked like a fun mission for another day.


    The couloirs were filled in nicely, and we were all excited to find some good skiing in October. The nice sunny day we had started with had been replaced by clouds so the photos aren't that great. Sutton dropped into the skier's right couloir, while the rest of us went left. Luke:


    MBSC:




    Jack:


    gb:






    Looking back at Treasury from the North Pole basin. The couloirs are hidden, but identifiable from the pinnacle seen in the shots of MBSC, seen above.


    Not your typical view of the Maroon Bells and Pyramid:


    MBSC, tearing up the road that would lead us out of the basin to the snowmobile we had parked in Schofield park:


    We ran shuttle back up to Paradise divide and made it out before the storm started up. The snow conditions left a little to be desired- dense, wind affected and slightly crusty. It would have been difficult skiing even in mid-season form, but for some of the first turns of the year, it was pretty challenging. But oh so fun, for sure.

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    excellent, one of the best TR's I've seen so far

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    Nice pics. Way to go.
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    We don't make those skis specifically for Andy, but we make them specifically for kick-ass skiers like Andy who use them in freeride comps and the everyday comp where they compete against themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy View Post
    for some of the first turns of the year, it was pretty challenging. But oh so fun, for sure.
    Hell yeah! Great stuff

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    Well done!

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    Wow..... nice outing.

    Let it snow!!!

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    Great views. I need to start getting up into bigger mountains with bigger lines.

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    good nose for the nice coverage, looks like a beautiful day in the hills!

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    Great TR, thanks.
    "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms, their energy. Your cares and tensions will drop away like the leaves of Autumn." --John Muir

    "welcome to the hacienda, asshole." --s.p.c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy View Post
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    Very nice indeed!
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    this thread makes me very happy.

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    Nice work guys.
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    Nice work, I've been wondering what the coverage was like back in there.
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    What are you talking about?!?!

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    For the foreigners: is that in Colorado? Half these trip reports I don't know if they are in Canada or California.
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    Rad GB! Looked like a fun day out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hohes View Post
    For the foreigners: is that in Colorado? Half these trip reports I don't know if they are in Canada or California.
    Treasury is north of Crested Butte, CO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hohes View Post
    For the foreigners: is that in Colorado? Half these trip reports I don't know if they are in Canada or California.
    A good rule of thumb is that if it doesn't contain a specific location it's from Colorado. This is because everyone from Colorado assumes that everyone in the world knows everything about the greatest state in the world.

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    Maybe I should have put Treasury mountain 13,481' so everyone would assume it was in CO and not some lowly state like WA or UT.

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    Very nice pics GB

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    Thumbs up

    FKNA! Great work mags! Wish my october riding had been that good, instead we hit probly a thousand rocks. I think I'm going to wait for more snow on the front range. any thoughts as to any coolies that might be on in the FR? I'm waiting for good conditions on cliffs and coolies.

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    Cool. CO getting the goods and nice to see GB and MSBC starting the season strong. Needs more terrifying gnar, though - like getting stuck on an ice bulge without crampons or something.

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    ++++sickter++++

    Thanks for the beta too

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    It was a fun day out, but also really challenging! It's the first time I've started my season with a 3+ hour skin up to 13,000 ft to ski a pretty steep couloir with chunked up snow where every turn needed to be a jump turn. Needless to say, I felt incredibly out of shape I don't care how much mtn biking you do in the summer. There's no better training for skinning and skiing than skinning and skiing itself!
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