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Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Post Date:  03/22/2011
Modified:  01/03/2014
Date Climbed:   03/19/2011
Posted By:  benners

 Ending Winter on a Classic Note: Cross Couloir Ski   

TR here:


  • Comments or Questions

Nice work out there guys     2011-03-27 18:02:18
Fantastic TR and vid. You guys really slayed it out there. Very inspiring line and story. Looking forward to your future projects and possibly hitting one with you again.


Excellent!     2011-03-26 12:46:41
Nice write-up of what looked like a great ski run. You guys are encouraging me to practice my steep/narrow skiing technique a bit more so I can get after some of these classic descents!


Nice work Ben and crew     2011-03-25 00:49:49
Absolutely stellar! Great pics, good writeup. What a beautiful line, it has been on my list for a long time. I need to find a sled!

Ridge runner

awesome job guys!     2011-03-22 23:12:11
Way to finish up the winter season in style.


Another Kamper/Conners Classic     2011-03-23 21:43:36
All I can say is - SST's, men. Mo'n I got!


Excellent report!!     2011-03-23 13:30:18
Fantastic trip with stellar shots of one of my favorite places! Thanks for sharing this!


I agree with Steph!     2011-03-23 08:55:59
Not a bad way to end winter! Your TR gets me stoked to ski the Cross Couloir! Great pics and write-up once again.


Dudes!     2011-03-22 21:01:21
That is strong work. Matt should sell some of his videos. Nice writeup man.


Vicarious living...     2011-03-22 23:22:01
at its finest. Great effort guys. It looks like a blast.


Thanks!     2011-03-24 14:22:07
Matt - No doubt, thanks again George!

Bill - The gate is typically closed until Nova Guides open up for the morning. We called ahead and got permission to park on the dirt pull off to the right of the gate, then we were able to squeeze the sled around the gate on the right side.

Brian - I blame the Margs and dinner for dozing at the wheel, but yes I agree that a style which lends itself to getting more than 2 hours of sleep before a trip has its advantages.

Gerlinde - He definitely had his 25 on again, you gotta get out with us this spring!

Del Sur - Thanks man! Yes, I agree, you should invest in a split board and hit it up with us some weekend. Thanks for letting me stash my bike in your backyard by the way.


You and Brian...     2011-03-22 18:21:29
May just drive me to get a split board or learn to ski. Every week you all do something spectacular while I end up snowboarding in bounds somewhere...
Great write up, Ben, for a day that looks truly classic.


Nice job Ben     2011-03-22 17:39:30
Love it when you guys have a safe return. Matt loves *putting his 25 on* when he is with you! And I love it when he gets his *yaya's * out. Hope to tag on a few in May.


YEAH!     2011-03-22 17:08:43
Way to get after it guys! Was blown away by the beauty of the Holy Cross and New York Massifs from Beaver Creek last week. What an incredible piece of rock, eh?

Hopefully yesterday's dust layer is getting buried under this week's snow...looking forward to a LONG Spring!


Powder to the people!     2011-03-22 15:16:46
Way to get it done guys. We were denied on Sunday.....way to blast the day trip!


Oh Yeah     2011-03-22 13:38:07
Way to get it done guys. Looks like a way better time than I had on Sunday. Way to get you some


a motorized sled?!     2011-05-09 11:48:20
What a novel ideal! Beats that 8 mile approach! hahaha Well done Ben and Team! keep up the good work


Great job Ben     2011-03-22 14:23:38
Awesome writeup and photos!


Ya Benners     2011-03-22 13:07:53
Nice write up Ben, you left out the part about dozing at the wheel on the ride home, which seems to be the cruz of blitzkrieg peak assaults. I'm looking foward to the day when you are done with this silly project and we can actually focus on ranges, hidden lines, obscure peaks deep in the heart of the Gores, etc. For now, its been swell spending time in the mountains with you and Matt and I look foward to more adventures this spring. Great day, group dynamic and chemistry, as well as timing these trips right. Three seems to be the ideal number when travelling in the hills.


Way. To. Go.     2011-03-22 12:43:07
Ben, was the road gated or did you have to get permission to ride it? I'd love to get there soon with my sleds and do a similar trip.

George James

Nice work guys     2011-03-22 12:17:33
Wow, very cool. Quite strong to very strong.

Many thanks for sharing it!


Nice report!     2011-03-22 12:26:52
That makes the Cross Couloir look like no big deal (even though I know how steep it really is). Well done!


Nice Day!     2011-03-22 12:11:56
Makes me want to learn to ski - then I come to my senses. Excellent Report.


Awesome!!!...     2011-03-22 12:16:37
... on all accounts! Not many guys get this one! Great work!


great report!     2011-03-22 11:59:21
awesome report man, thanks. looks like a ton of fun


Thanks Ben and Brian...     2011-03-22 12:02:32
... for an awesome finish to our winter season! It's been such a pleasure getting out with you guys. Nice writeup too! We should mention - thanks to George Roberts for the use of his sled.

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