May 20 2011

Quandary Peak 14,265′ Cristo Couloir 5/16/2011

Published by at 12:58 PM under 14ers,Colorado,Skiing Trip Reports

The weather seems to be the recurring theme of this week. I camped at the Buckskin Joe trailhead on Kite Lake road. The plan was to grab Bross and both sides of Democrat. The freeze however didn’t happen. It sems the inversion stuck around on this side of the pass over night. YC met me and said that it was clear and cool on the Summit County side of Hoosier so we dealt with it. Let’s go check out the Direct North Gully off Quandary. And away we went. We made decent time up Quandary’s East Ridge. Upon inspection of the North Gully we found a 43° entrance to about a 50° rollover. This was over a ton of sharks. The consequences seemed really high to go for it with almost 19″ of new in the last week. We decided to give this one some more time and get it in safer conditions. So we skied Cristo Couloir. The corn was awesome and the road back to the trailhead was a pretty easy ski too.

 

Time to drop layers

East Slopes - Ungh

Wheeler North Face looking very full

Mt Arkansas with the Sawatch in the background

Mt Lincoln's North Direct is in this year

The entrance to Quandry's North Direct

Pano of most of the North Direct

Heading down to check it out

Democrat's North Face

Mt of the Holy Cross

YC getting into the Cristo

Nice turns man

That snow was fun

Such a classic line. Too bad we didn't get the North

Can't complain about this one though

My turn

Cristo is the perfect steepness for fast GS turns

This never gets old

The snow stay good all the way down

Creamy dreamy

Debris

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