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1 for 5

Beguiling factors for this line include it’s aesthetics, it’s visibility from town, and it’s punishing approach.

Whatever way you look at it, the Galleon Couloir is a tantalizing and difficult box to tick off the list. Located in the Babine Mountains Provincial Park, suitors to this thing of beauty are looking at a 6 to 7-hour approach and a 35 to 40 km round trip. My previous attempts at skiing the Galleon Couloir had left me with a record of 0 for 4.

Spring time is multisport approach time. Biking, hiking, skinning and cursing. Not necessarily in that order. For this attempt I did the first 8km in the evening before pitching my tent for the night. This allowed for an extra early start.

My plan was to begin my descent no later than 10 AM. Heinous post-holing meant I didn’t lay down my first turn until after 11. And this proved to be a little too close for comfort in terms of timing. While the bulk of the feature stayed firm, and in the shade, the sun beaten climbers left wall of the couloir began shedding it’s snow and ice. Ice balls and sundry missiles rained onto me as I completed the climb. Needless to say, super happy I had my climbing helmet.

Conditions were firm and smooth. Not hero snow by any stretch of the imagination, but very skiable. The lengthy cruise out of the basin offered the best skiing. A beauty of a cruise. Blue bird conditions didn’t hurt at all.

1 for 5 isn’t bad I guess. 

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​Christina Lustenberger and Brette Harrington Score First Descent on Baffin Island
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​Christina Lustenberger and Brette Harrington Score First Descent on Baffin Island

​Christina Lustenberger and Brette Harrington Score First Descent on Baffin Island

This season has been a big one for Christina Lustenberger in the first ski descent department. After a stellar winter and early spring hunting big lines in British Columbia, she set her sights on an expedition to Baffin Island, where she joined Brette Harrington, Hilaree Nelson, Emily Harrington, Drew Smith, Jordan Manoukian and Mathis Dumas. Camping on a frozen fjord, the crew ticked of a series of ambitious ski objectives, including a repeat of the classic Polar Star Couloir and a first

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Pattie Gonia and The North Face Team up for Summer of Pride
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The North Face and Pattie Gonia (they/she/he) are teaming up to host a Summer of Pride, aiming to celebrate how nature lets you be who you are, and all of the beautiful ways that you get outside. With workshops, panels and activities for all, Summer of Pride is about exploration in all shapes and forms. Their mission is to help cultivate community together through a love for nature and having a good time outside. The tour heads to Portland, OR, Columbus, OH, Denver CO, and San Francisco, CA.

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​VIDEO: Teton Brown Shreds Central Couloir on May 25
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​VIDEO: Teton Brown Shreds Central Couloir on May 25

​VIDEO: Teton Brown Shreds Central Couloir on May 25

The season isn’t over here in the Tetons! With the Tram re-opening for summer ops last weekend, it’s still possible to ski up high. Conditions are even still pretty good. We’ve been seeing folks getting after it up on Cody Peak, but Teton Brown went right for the big prize – Central Couloir. After looking really thin all year, some spring snowfall finally brought it back from the dead, and Brown went for it. Not bad for May 25!