Friday, February 20, 2009

Backcountry Bliss

Last Saturday marked the beginning of a 5 day backcountry ski fest. I went into the Bitterroot mountains South of town to ski couloirs, then traveled to the Swan mountains and hour East of town to yurt ski.

The couloirs were awesome. Two different lines, both about 2,000ft long. One with wild exposure and the other, a tight avalanche chute.

Couloir #1
Boot'n up the line



Ben skinning up couloir #2

Ben and I at the bottom

Sunday night I got home, unpacked, tried gear, and repacked. My roommate Erin and four of our friends head out for a few days of yurt skiing. The terrain was short, but excellent and the yurt was an amazing place to heads back to every night. We had great turns, amazing food, and wonderful company.


Erin ripping it


Charging it


Martin and Travis


Travis dropping in

The yurt

Chris skinning the ridge line

On top of Morel Mountain

The crew

Self pic


roryallar said...


What's up, brother. Rory here. You may remember me from my climbing days in Missoula. Not quite sure how I found your blog, but I'm lovin' the pics. It's making me nostalgic for MT. Where is that Bitterroot couloir, anyway?

Keep up the good work.

datbot said...

Chris -

Your photos are looking really good - cris, nice colors, good portraits & good action shots. Good to see some great shots from home.