Silverton, CO was great as always, and it was fun to see some friends, do some skiing and enjoy the fantastic mountains. The first day we skied a very aesthetic little couloir known as “Crown Royal” as I think it goes off of Crown Peak. Conditions were mixed, but the chute was a 5-star beauty with some wild little rock fins standing out like Easter Island figure-heads.
Sunday was was even more fun as conditions were perfect for some kite assisted backcountry skiing. I’ve been into kiting since 2000, but have never really mastered it in the backcountry like Lorne Glick has. As a sport, it combines a huge number of skills (skiing, kiting, touring, avalanche awareness, etc.), any one of which could be a lifetime study by itself. I’ve had my bell wrung a few too many times when I got accidentally lifted, spun around and slammed into the ground, so I am still fairly conservative and tentative about where and when I go. Lorne has done it enough that he can set and retrieve his kite in about the same time it takes to transition to/from skinning, which means he’s able to efficiently combine it with touring. Plus, he’s got excellent kite handling skills. We covered about 14 miles on Sunday (see GPS track below), although Lorne has notched up some 30-40 mile days in the past, which is a butt-load of mountain mileage for a day no matter how you look at it.
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