February 17, 2007

Paint Brush, Toilet Bowl and Four Pines

I skied with Barrie again today which was very kind of him as he's no longer repping here, having finished yesterday, and he could have been skiing with him family! He had wanted to cover a little more yesterday but, what with the wind closure issues, we hadn't managed it.

Today we wizzed straight over to Thunder via the Gondola and Lupine Way. We looked at the various options available down under the chair, things like Paint Brush, Tower Three chute and Hoops Gap and then skied down and took Paint Brush to around half way down and then took an 'interesting' traverse across into 'Toilet Bowl' which is the bowl between Paint Brush and Tower Three Chute. This small bowl had nice snow on it and was worth the short traverse to get to it.

Taking Thunder again (after standing in line for a while, it is the President's Day weekend after all...) we cut down through the trees below Laramie Bowl and took the Sublette chair (see above re lines) and then dropped down to the East Ridge chair (more lift lines). From the top of the lift we traversed to skiers right towards the top gate into the backcountry.

After some explanation about the various route options and some of the potential dangers we skied along the ridge, dropped down across the top of Rock Springs and Green River and did a short (5min?) climbing traverse (side stepping up most of the way) so that we could drop down to the main climb up to the top of Four Pines. The boot pack climb up with skis on my back at this altitude made me realise that I'm not as fit as I thought I was; Barrie stormed ahead...

The ski down was worth the hike up; around 3000' of descent for the 10 minute climb at the top. The snow was pretty good, wind packed, only slightly crusted and generally predictable. As with most of the interesting routes here there were a fair selection of sub routes with various combinations of trees, rocks and cliff and chutes to make life interesting. At the bottom we traversed out through the woods, cut across the bottom of the Hobacks and followed the Union Pass Traverse to the Union Pass chair.

Down to the Gondola, along the full length of the Casper Traverse, and down the bumps to the restaurant at the bottom of the Casper chair. This is where Barrie was meeting his wife and daughter for lunch but the place was heaving so we headed down to the base instead.

After a pleasant lunch and a beer at the Alpenhof I decided to call it a day. Work starts tomorrow and my legs need to be fresh...

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Posted by Len at February 17, 2007 04:50 PM | Categories: Season 2 - Ski Days , Ski Club of GB Rep
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