North Star Mountain The Butterknife 5/17/2011

Problems, problems, problems. It always seems to be something. Perhaps the Buckskin Joe Trailhead is cursed. Every time I stay there something seems to go wrong. This time Danny couldn’t make it due to getting pulled over. Thank you for texting me so I could go back to sleep. I decided that I should just take a day off and get some pictures of trailheads for the book. I drove up to Moose Creek and Quartzville. Then I figured I’d grab a shot of the Butterknife since I was passing a nice view anyway. It looked nice. It’s not that far. I’ve done it before and I needed more pictures. Why not just go ski it. So I did. It was a 50/50 line. The upper 50 percent was a bit too firm the lower part was awesome corn. It was fun.

I love solos, so much time to think.


Hoosier Hill with Tractor Bowl in the background
Tractor Bowl looks stacked
Figured I'd grab a quick 1st run down Diversion Gully
Found a little corn
Looking down the south side of North Star Mountain
Looking from the East Summit at the top of The Butterknife
Panorama of the line
Looking back at the line
North Star Mountain


  1. I’ve heard it called both. I’ve heard it called the Banana longer going back to ’93 when I lived in Alma. I also heard it called the Banana the day before on Quandary, from a random local. It is a great line

  2. Wayn-o called it the Butterknife in the 1980’s. And of course, that’s just one person, but it was the first name we heard it called so that’s what stuck with us. Wayne was one of the first big BC skiers around Breck. Not many of us skiing back in those days, and that name isn’t official. But I’m partial to it since it does have that bend in it like a butterknife.

    Good one because no one really skis it. Love that about our backyard. It is still a secret….Nothing better than virgin corn on that line.

  3. Butterknife it is! Wayno will be proud. He truly is one of the first BC skiers that skied the bigger lines.

    Still not perfect corn up high, but skiing on the Tractor Bowl today was exciting.

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