Peak(s):  Ypsilon Mtn  -  13,514 feet
Peak 4 - 12866
Date Posted:  03/14/2012
Date Climbed:   03/12/2012
Author:  Elliot
 Peak 4 Southwest Gully   

Peak 4 via Breckenridge Peak 7 Slackcountry Gate

On March 9th I got out on skied the souteast slopes of peak 5 and 6 to check the conditions and see what all the sun had done to the snowpack. Turned out to be great skiing and I was ready for more. Saturday I took a tour up Bighorn in the Gore and skied some pow on north slopes. At the trailhead a party of two was heading out for a ski descent of Grand Traverse Peak, west face. It looked like there was a line in from the summit. I saw them entering the couly when we were skiing out and they must have had a hell of a run.

Monday was a bit windy so we planned on a 230 drop. Hikeing out to 4 from breck is an easy ridge walk and we took our time as we were uncertain if it was going to softed due to all the wind. We got a call from our ride at 2:30 saying he was parked at the bottom of the run.
Ski line from the ridge

Peak 4 is skiable from the top with a 10 yrd down climb after about 100 yrds. Dropping into copper there are 3 different slots that all feed to the same gully 2 require a quick side step up to a small knob.
A good look at peaks 2 3 and 4

I took skiers left and Tanner took the middle, this provided a nice photo opportunity.
Middle chute




The snow was perfect corn all the way to the car.

Bill, Maybe you can delete the Ypsilon title as I am too lazy to redo this report and it seems that there is no way to delet the original peak name once it has been saved as inactive. Thanks!

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions

Grand Traverse Peak
03/15/2012 03:39
When you say hell of a run, does that mean good or bad? I'm wondering if a trip up Deluge this season is worth it. Any looks at Valhalla or Snow? Anything noteworthy?

Nice line.


Pics of Peak 4 - Peak 2
03/15/2012 13:28
Do you have any larger pics of the ridge from Peak 4 to Peak 2 (like your pic #2) that you could send me or upload here? It would be REALLY helpful.




Nice job
03/15/2012 13:44
But, sorry, since Ypsilon is a 13er, the TR is saved a certain way that I cannot easily remove it and make Peak 4 the only peak without making a bunch of database changes. The best way would be to copy your text and paste it into a new report and re-upload the pics.


03/15/2012 14:26
The guys on GT had a long run with a lot of billygoating off the top in order to ski from the summit but it was in. I could barely see the top of valhalla and it looked wind scoured but the east face is likely in. I couldnt really see much of snow. Looked like a good line off west demming. all the unnamed peaks south of solitude that have south faceing lines dropping into bighorn drainage have some nice couly's that given the low snow year look pretty damn nice. I can send u a pic later


03/15/2012 15:09
Thanks for the beta man! Glad to see some couloirs are going safely.


03/15/2012 17:06
Please do send Elliot, it would be much appreciated.

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