Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ohio Mtn and Kill Shot Ridge

What's up everyone my names Forrest Cole, i'm apart of the CFS team and live right outside of crested butte! Lately there's been a lot of snow falling up here in Irwin Co. So far i'd say around 65inches and still snowing!

But before this huge dump my step dad Brent and I bagged a couple of peaks, got some shots, and had some good times!

First let's start off with Ohio peak, i didn't get to many pictures on this trip, but there's enough to show you what went on.

Looking back at Mt. CB

Looking up at our target!

Brent Probing it up, making sure it was safe.

Dropping in after i got the go!

Really sketchy conditions, one side was blower pow, and the other side was horrible punchy snow. Glad i made it down safely!

Next we skied Kill Shot Ridge, in between Ruby and Owen, right above green lake!

After a long skin/post hole we made it to our dropping point. Only to start a pretty big avalanche right where we wanted to drop. So we skied down the ridge aways to a spot a little more open and a little more safe.

You can see the slide we started a little up the ridge.

There's the slide and our tracks!

Further down the hill, past green lake

Ending the run with a little cliff!
Best ski of the year so far, despite the avalanche.

Can't wait for more!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Skiing Crested Buttes Backcountry

Here are a few photos from this past weekend which included skiing deep pow with good friends.
Strap on those big skis and get some!
Enjoy, Drew Van Gorder.

Monday, January 25, 2010

CFS in Revelstoke, BC

In January, 2010, Nick Fountain and Alex Else traveled to Revelstoke, British Columbia for the Canadian Freeskiing Championships. They drove straight through the 25 hour trek to arrive at the base of Revelstoke Resort on a cloudy powder day.

The weather stayed cloudy and snowy during the week in Canada, but the boys were able to keep their tips up and get some pics of the area. the resort itself is only 4 years old with 1 gondola and 2 high speed chairs. It has 5640 vertical feet to ski and a huge amount of side country open to any rowdy skiers and riders. Mackenzie face (below) is one HUGE peak that only 1 guy has ever skied.

Fountain showed how east coast skiers can rip on any snow conditions with a 5th place finish in the qualifier on Seperate Reality (below). He flashed the upper section and soared the main cliff to a stomped landing, then made super G turns into the lower trees where he aired out and into the finish.

Both Else and Fountain had bad luck on Day 1 of the event. Fountain teed up a modest 40 foot drop that ended with a back slap taking him out of the top 20. Else attempted a double stager but ended with a backseat landing that landed him 24th, and 1 point below the cut to continue to the heli access finals the following day. There is always next year for the Canadian Freeskiing Championships in beautiful Revelstoke, BC.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Powder and Friends

It started snowing again in Crested Butte! And the other day I went out skiing with Max and Jenny! We had an awesome day of a couple of fresh inches on the ground just enough to soften up the trees and have some choppy pow on the side of groomers.

We were all skiing fat skis ready for the powder Max and Jenny were on his pro-model Rossignol System Ski that he has donated all the proceeds to Denver's Children Hospital. Not only does Max give his money to the Children's Hospital he has is own camp in the spring for them call "Life Turns". Check out the website. I was on my Armada JJ's that I love!

Back to skiing, Jenny recently separated her shoulder but that doesn't stop her from dropping a knee and getting gnarly with it. Here's Jenny hauling ass and waving "Hi Mom!"

Waving to Mom wasn't enough Jenny had to get her six shooter out and show off for the camera! Yeah get it Jenny!

Everyone ripping it I wanted to get in the action too so I found a little soft snow went with old faithful, the spread eagle crotch grad, one of my all time favorites.

Being the competitor that Max is he couldn't pass up the chance to show me how a true tele spread eagle looks so he went for it, my awesome camera skills caught the moment, almost.

It's still dumping in CB so come out and ski some Pow Now!
When you're up here stop into Colorado FreeSkier and say Hi, we'd love to take some turns with you!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Powder Huntin

Colorado FreeSkier team member/employee Drew Van Gorder uses his days off to hunt powder.

Recent snow storms depositing large amounts of the white fluffy in Crested Buttes back country makes earning your turns worth every face shot.

Loving the Marker Duke, Armada JJ set up!

Just because there isn't much snow on the resort, doesn't mean you cant go out and hunt some Pow. Be safe, take an avalanche course, and shralp! -CFS