Sayres Benchmark  
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2016-06-18  Route: Grand Central Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-19, By: Grover
Info: The Grand Central Couloir is broken into two segments now, at the point where it turns left. Not worth riding/skiing any longer. 
2016-05-14  Route: X-Rated
Posted On: 2016-05-16, By: adrenalated
Info: Coverage is good in both X-Rated and Grand Central. X-Rated is skiable directly off the summit with a quick sideslip, then a few moderate moves through rocks in the choke. Not quite an isothermal spring snowpack yet, so evaluate conditions carefully before you commit to the line (climbing or descending). 
2016-05-05  Route: grand coloiur
Posted On: 2016-05-06, By: kevintheclimber
Info: Awesome ski. We ascended and skiied down the grand. the sayres look filled in. climbing up, we postholed up to knees all way to the summit. made some sick turns, but when we came down at basin, saw Avy coming down the x rated. I would wait and let snow settle a bit first before committing this line. 
2016-04-13  Route: North Couloirs
Posted On: 2016-04-14, By: aholle88
Info: Trail is packed down up to the turn off at 10.8k. Microspikes optional to this point. Turn right here at 10.8, the "trench" will take you into the basin. Be prepared for posthole misery from here until the end of the trees if you are on snowshoes. The "trench" is a whole bunch of knee to thigh deep postholes, so don't expect it to be cruiser. It was supportive enough for skinning without any issues, so if you have an AT setup, use it. X-rated is not completely filled in, there are rocks in the section that is hidden from view in Photo 1. On the ascent line we took, there was a mixed section at the top of the first couloir and at the finish to the summit. Grand Central is filled in. The slide activity is all from very small point releases, east aspects, and most from the rocks. It may look bad, but it was just a cumulation of a ton of small releases that did not pose a threat on this day. (this information will likely be completely useless after this weekend's storm) 
2015-06-08  Route: Grand Central and X Rated
Posted On: 2015-06-09, By: SnowAlien
Info: Remnants of recent past slides are huge (likely last week). Grand Central, our ascent route has ran from top to bottom and is basically unskiable (fine for climbing though). Most branches of X Rated ran as well, with only limited "real estate " still left for skiing. Not all cornices "went" yet so it‘s still a hazard. Peak makes for interesting terrain reading and navigational challenges. Do not attempt without solid overnight freeze and start early as approach has east facing component and face gets an early sun. 
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2015-04-11  Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2015-04-12, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Climbed and skied Grand Central couloir on Sayres using the standard approach on La Plata Peak and then continuing south up La Plata Gulch. The La Plata trail is snow-covered and we booted the 1st 1.9 miles until we reached flats and open terrain of La Plata Gulch. The upper gulch had mostly-deep, firm snow which allowed us to skin from 11,000‘ to the base of Sayres‘ north face. Grand Central has continuous snow to the summit but X-Rated Couloir has very thin sections which would make it an ugly climb/ski. We skied SW off the summit and down Grand Central, which had varying conditions, including breakable crust, chalky, firm sections, a bit of shallow powder and some corn down low. We started the ski after 1pm but winds and cool temps kept the north face from softening. Skied all the way back to 11k and booted down the La Plata trail. 
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