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  • TR: Human powdered turns from town

    I don't drive much except to ski. This bothers me a little bit but I love skiing and I try to offset that driving by bike commuting and generally only driving anywhere if I really need to.
    So when I have a chance to do a 100% human powered ski I jump at the chance! I met a friend (who is now one of our county commissioners) at the coffee shop next to my office yesterday. With all the snow we have been getting, especially down here in Gunnison, I suggested it might be time to ski the W. I haven't skied W Mountain since the big 07-08 season and have been watching it closely every winter since. My friend said he'd love to ski it if I was going so we'd watch for a weather window since it was still socked in. The window arrived around lunch time as the relentless storm was finally breaking up. I gave him a call and it was set. He'd meet at my place on his bike and we were going to bike to and then ski W Mountain.

    The approach was somewhat challenging. The road hadn't been plowed yet but there were some tire tracks we could follow. It was difficult at times, especially in ski boots.


    I was a little jealous of my friend's fat bike, but my trusty old steed "JC" did ok with a little extra effort.


    The views of town were nice


    It was a bit of a slog breaking trail all the way up. The snow here wasn't all that supportive in some places making for some toil. But it was pretty.
    Last edited by MattB; 11 February 2014, 12:16 PM.

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    The ski down was pretty fun! A little fresh on top of a crust over the sage that I was light enough to stay on top of. My buddy broke through a couple of times which took him down pretty swiftly. Hooking a tip into the sage can make for a very abrupt stop.


    Hopefully we will keep getting snow and I'll be skiing this regularly for a while. It's a good time and very convenient!

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    • #3
      Update those Targas!!! Your buddy NEEDS a free pivot. Enzo, Switchback X2, or Axl. Yesterday.

      Nice photos and TR!

      ain't no turn like tele!

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      • #4
        Nice Matt! I remember the pics from your last ski down the W.
        Hopefully you'll get good snow without the wildlife drama like that year had.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dostie View Post
          Update those Targas!!! Your buddy NEEDS a free pivot. Enzo, Switchback X2, or Axl. Yesterday.

          Nice photos and TR!
          Thanks, he actually has a light La Sportiva AT setup (he used to be a pro rock climber sponsored by them) but he prefers his old setup.

          Teleken - Thanks! I hope so too!

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          • #6
            Yeah, I'd say his bike gave him more than a tiny advantage. Very nicely done.

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            • #7
              Pretty photos.

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              • #8
                That terrain would be fun on Altai Hoks and pins.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MattB View Post
                  Can't help but smile looking at your bike

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                  • #10
                    As usual... magic with the camera.

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                    • #11
                      Awesome! I wondered if the 'W' ever got skied...

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                      • #12
                        Here's a shot of another friend the next day from my deck
                        Last edited by MattB; 14 February 2014, 12:05 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Nice! Skiied the W in 77-78. I think. Full moon, never forget how the snow crystals flashed red and blue that night.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MattB View Post
                            Thanks, he actually has a light La Sportiva AT setup (he used to be a pro rock climber sponsored by them) but he prefers his old setup.

                            Teleken - Thanks! I hope so too!

                            Great tour and photos! On those tours with substantial flats I always miss my Targas...

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