Peak(s):  Twin Pks B Northeast  -  13,270 feet
Date Posted:  04/26/2012
Modified:  04/27/2012
Date Climbed:   04/22/2012
Author:  Elliot
 An Overlooked Classic   

Photo from June 2011

This line drops from the NE sub peak of Twin Peak B Northeast. There is a very nice line that drops from Twin Peak B NE proper, but this one seems a little more unique. With more than 3000 feet of multi aspect sustained pitch, one would think that there would be more skier and hiker traffic. The below tree line couloir adds to its appeal.
We were cruising over Freemont Pass before sunrise and enjoyed the end of the meteor shower. We hit the trail a little after 6 and worked our way up to the snow in about 25 min.
As we climbed the snow changed from spring pack to about a foot of new snow from the storms a few days prior. This was no surprise as we found ourselves in 3+ feet of snow in the Holy Cross Wilderness a few days prior.
The pitch was measured in the high 40's multiple times

Ervin Peak Left and Mt Baurock Right

The top turns were soft. Skier-CALC

The top was softer than we would have liked but catching a line like this in perfect conditions is hard to do. Being late on the top more easterly aspect lead to perfect corn on the bottom half that faces north.
Chad Zanca

Chad getting some soft snow on the top section after the crux
Chad Zanca

A random Couli In the HCW two days prior

The hike out took about 20 min and we were at High Mtn pies in leadville in no time.
This was for sure the best descent we had all had in 2012

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 Comments or Questions

04/27/2012 05:02
Where is that line in the HCW? You seem to be finding the goods this season. Livin' in the hills and a solid work schedule pays off I guess.

Best line of '12 eh? Nice work.


04/27/2012 16:30
does look like a ton of fun, you weren't kidding!


04/27/2012 16:34
Tr. Good work Elliott crushing this low snow year


04/27/2012 16:39
Tr. Good work Elliot Elliottcrushing this low snow year


04/27/2012 19:09
Loving the low snow year! Everybody is killing it! This would be a classic if we didn't judge with arbitrary numbers (14,000, Centennial, BiCentennial)


Sweet line indeed!!
04/27/2012 19:13
Looks like that like has about everything - Short approach, some steeps, some narrows, a little pow, a little corn. Excellent!!


Thanks Guys!
04/28/2012 00:45
KB-I was going to go into a rant on Peak Height over Quality of line conditions ect.
Rick-The roadside access is so legit on this ski!
Brian- The last pic is near missou lakes

Allthough the base is not that of last season, at least we dont have dust and resets are keeping things good on what is still in.

Jesse Peterson

04/28/2012 06:13
Good work dude. We skied that line a couple weeks ago and I said the same thing, best line of the season. Nice timing, great photos.


Woah, that was interesting!
04/29/2012 23:45
Attempted the line today, and got turned back @ 12,000k (right branch Y) due to rotten snow. The lower 1800 vert was VERY firm in the morning, and the lower 1000 completely sandy/dusty/rocky. After missing the turnoff, we stopped for water and to relax for a touch, missing our window to the summit. Who knows if we could have made it either way (new snow soft slabs). Regardless, what an incredible line! Can't wait to go back (perhaps next year) to get it from the top!


funky in the sawatch
05/01/2012 02:18
I saw some wet slides that had released to the ground on sat in the chute lookers left of the main chute. bummer u didnt peak out the top looked like it had a good reset sat but the lower stuff looked dirty

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