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Peak(s):  Buffalo Mountain - 12,749 feet
Post Date:  05/30/2013
Date Climbed:   05/27/2013
Posted By:  skiingrock


 Silver Couloir (north couloir)   

NORTH COULOIR A.K.A SILVER COULOIR
Elevation= 12749
Lenghts= 4.6 miles

IF YOU LIVE NEAR OR BY SUMMIT COUNTY THEN YOU HAVE TO GET THIS LINE!!!I have always looked at this big couloir growing up in the county but could never time it right because i was trying to ski to many other lines. Also i never pushed for it to hard becasue it was a very popular ski desecent and i dont like the crowds. But finally i decided that if it was part of the North America 50 classic ski desents i would suck it up and do it. We had ski race training at A basin Sat and Sun so on sunday after training we went to the train head to see what it was like. We got there around 130 and there was about 15 people at the trail haed that had just finished skiing it. Lucky one of them was are friend Brain Eggleton. He said that the snow was super good and that we should go for it the next day.

Memorial Day Shred
We woke up again around 515 in Frisco to nothing but sunshine! Had are typical breakfast of eggs bacon and coffee. Then we were off to the Buffalo Mtn TH trail head at 6 a.m. When we got there we were suprised to see that there was no other cars there. We waited for are 2 other group members to show up. Right as they showed up another truck with 3 men in it showed up. I new it would have been to good to be true to ski a classic line all to are self's but 3 other people is not bad at all. We took are time getting ready and let the 3 men go out first. We started up the trail around 615 with running shoes on and skis and boots on are back.
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We were able to get all the way up to treeline with just are shoes. As we were hiking it was warming up fast, we all agreed that we made the right decision to leave at 615 verse 715. When we got to treeline we had some food and water and put on are skins. After about 30mins trying to traverse up a 45ish degree slope in wired soft snow we diced to take the skis back off and kick steps straight up.
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We were at the top of Elvis's Crotch when we decided to put the skins back on just for a quick 20min skin to the top of silver. Now when we scouted the line on Sunday we had seen that lots of people had skied looks right of the Y. True when we got up there there was over 30 tracks down that side. We were not to worried about hitting the classic line so we went to the looks left of the Y and there was only 2 tracks down it. We pulled are skins off, buckled down are boots and traversed in. The turns off the top where unbelievable. PERFECT CORN AND STEEP COULOIR SKIING!!!
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After the nice open skiing up top it started to get into the tight couloir part. The snow just stayed the same all the way down, perfect!
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Half way down we had to stop and just take it all in!
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Now that we were almost near the bottom things got a little spicy! The rock walls got bigger and the shoot got small. There were lots of rocks in the line now so you had to pay closer attention. We did not wait long in this narrow part but i was able to duck behind a big cliff and get a few pics.
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Finally we were out of the hot spot and enjoyed some nice big turns down the apron all the way to the river.
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Luckily there was still a snow bridge across the river so we took that. It put us right onto the old aqueduct witch you fallow all the way back around to the trail head. We switched into are running shows again, threw the skis on the pack and started to climb out. The climb out is a little bit of a slog but it is worth it!
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All in All i can now say i skied a legit classic and in my mind it was one of the funnest lines i have skied! Sooooo i might have to suck it up again and do it in the years to come.

OOOOOOOO ya and thanks to are ski couch right after completing this line where we hiked 4.25 miles and skied 3,000 vertical feet he made us go work out at the crossfit gym in Frisco hahahah it sucked!!!!!



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  • Comments or Questions
lordhelmut


Silver = solid Summit session ski     2013-05-30 12:11:45
Despite the rapidly melting snow - this still looks like a lot of fun and a great day. That slog out, after doing it enough times, becomes trivial. Would be nice to have semi-decent conditions for another 2-3 weeks before hiking 10 miles to ski 1000 vert gets old.

Nice work.



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