Anyway, thought I would post this up. Scored one of the best backcountry days I've ever had this past Saturday in Rocky Mountain National Park about an hour north of Boulder. I've done plenty of touring back there but never had a day where everything was about as perfect as it gets. It was clear, sunny, and the wind decided to take the day off. Left the trailhead at 730am and got back by noon after climbing about 2,500 vert before skiing into a steep 1,700-ft couloir. Snow was blower up high and super creamy in the apron with a little sun crust on top.
Our descent in red down Dragon's Tooth (aka Dead Elk) on the left with Dragon's Tail on the right side:
hell yeah that's awesome. i've been meaning to get up to rmnp this winter. i haven't skied up there since i was in highschool. i remember seeing lots of cool stuff. i'm stoked to go back now that i know what i'm doing.
Now is the time to start getting after it in the park. I saw more than a handful of lines that were continuous that I've never seen go like that before. Snowpack was incredibly bomber too where we skied.
Not gonna lie ... we definitely weren't prepared for this line. In fact, we didn't know what the crux was like until we were standing over it. We were gunning for the Dragon's Tail (next coolie over which I've skied before), but opted for the more wind/sun protected and east-facing tooth. Fortunately, we kept our cool and talked about our options before doing something irrational - a learning experience for sure.
I put tracks down Dragon's Tail early this morning around 10-ish. Weather was great and the winds backed off miraculously as I got above treeline, but the 3-4" of new on top of frozen firm was not what I was expected.
It's just that one area that doesn't fill in. So the old school name is Dragon's Tooth but the more new school one is Dead Elk because apparently the story goes that someone was descended down and found a dead elk at that rocky crux.
Was up in the park again last Sunday and did a solo on Dragon's Tail with 3-4" of slabby snow on top of ice. Horrible conditions but it was another awesome day out so it's hard to complain.
dude, I stopped watching halfway through because you kept stopping, even after the hairy, rocky part.
ski continuously and fast if you're gonig to post POV footage man. Looked fun, but it was kinda boring. take this more as constructive criticism, because I probably wouldn't have made it hopping down those rocks like you did.
"You retarded? The casg edit clearly says JACK BORLAND also who the fuck cares. There are really only 3 styles in the ski world these days: the max hill/ jossi tight pants leather jacket. The medium kinda Twall Thall and then The thugged out Bdog Edollo and the tricks that each do accordingly."
Dude, it's a TR, it's not like he posted the videos meaning for it to be an "edit" or anything, it's just simply a document of what he did.
Skiing that kind of terrain in the conditions described involves a lot of decision making. Normal people in gnarly backcountry terrain don't just flash lines like you see the pros in the movies.
In fact, most of the lines the pros do I wouldn't touch, not because I don't think I could ski it, but the risk of something going wrong out there is just too great when you don't have a whole crew of people and one or two helicopters watching your every turn.
"Dude, we gotta get some new Jiberish so we can be thug and look like we're related to Eazy E when we're on the hill!"
"Yeah broski, after I stop this pretzel 4 I'll go on NS on my phone and buy some from BigSpence, I heard he has more in stock than AbstractMall!"
"this thread makes me look like a genius, thats how bad it is" - ECB
“I'm gonna custom order a 2XL POC helmet so I can layer it with my other helmet.”
As much as I wanted to flash the most recent line (Dragon's Tail), you don't always get conditions that allow you to do so. 45 degree chute with wind-affected snow on top of ice isn't exactly time to "rip the shit and look like a pro" time. Also, I was alone so one mistake and I'm fucked. For me, the day was about solitude, hanging out in the park on a beautiful day, and skiing something dope.
As for the initial video at the top of the thread, both me and my partner were virgin to that line and had no idea what lied beneath us. Yes, it's always best to climb something you intend to ski, but sometimes you can't always tackle a descent like that. So we had to be cautious until we both felt comfortable bringing more speed which I think is fairly evident once we reached the apron.