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May 20 2011

North Star Mountain The Butterknife 5/17/2011

Published by at 2:13 PM under 13ers,Colorado,Skiing Trip Reports

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

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “North Star Mountain The Butterknife 5/17/2011”

  1. Smelly12on 25 May 2011 at 7:33 PM

    We have always called that the Butterknife….Love that line.

  2. Fritzon 25 May 2011 at 8:29 PM

    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

  3. Smelly12on 25 May 2011 at 8:43 PM

    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.

  4. Fritzon 25 May 2011 at 9:42 PM

    The Butterknife works. Thanks for the history

  5. Smelly12on 27 May 2011 at 7:35 PM

    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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