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 Post subject: TR - Berthoud... no wait, Butler Gulch, 18" pow + blueb
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:48 pm 
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February 17, 2007: Butler Gulch, 18" pow + bluebird
Riders: Killclimbz, IridePow

Cross post from TGR:
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/show ... hp?t=77115

The original plan was to hit Berthoud.
However the pass was closed and after a CDOT employee told us it's going to stay like that for a while we hit Butler Gulch.
Good thing….. Because they did not even start bombing the Stanley chute until 12:30. By then we were already on our twenty third lap.... just kidding.
I guess they have only one howitzer for the front range and that one was busy over at the tunnel/loveland pass??


So while most other people were stuck somewhere in front of the tunnel or waiting for Berthoud to open we enjoyed an awesome time.
Butler Gulch does not really provide the longest verts, however when you lap it enough, you get plenty of good turns in.


Avalanche danger scale was on high, so we stayed on low angle stuff.


Skinning
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The snow was excellent and deep (18" plus) below tree line. Surprisingly soft after those 90mph wind gusts.

Virgin Powder in front of me….. I likey….. I am going to slay this now !!!
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Killclimbz enjoying it
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IridePow
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Cody;
Where the heck is my path again? Why can they not just straight line this??!
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Lunchbreak
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Wind battered stuff above tree line
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Yes, it was still a little windy above tree line
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Killclimbz surfing the wave
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Some turns in the trees
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Also Cody got some face shots…… plenty to be exact!
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On the "Butler Gulch way out"
Please Forest Service, can you put in a magic carpet here??! ;)
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:13 am 
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sick!! looks like you found the window to get access up there with all the highway/road issue. nice one

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Sweet. Good job guys. Sounds like you lucked out on the lack of crowds, too.

I'm down in Denver for a few weeks, so some front range b/c is looking good. Might be down for a night ski up Butler later this week.

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Nice one guys, the snow looks great!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:40 pm 
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Looks sweet guys!

Lovin' this one! 8)
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