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    Keffler and I had the culmination of perfect weather and snow conditions to tag a couple classic couliors on Buffalo Mountain (12,777 ft) near Silverthorne, CO. We rode Silver Couloir first (2,500 vert ft) and then skinned up and rode Little Elvis Couloir (2,100 vert ft). I can’t imagine getting these lines in better conditions top to bottom. All in all we covered about 8 miles and 5,600 vert ft in 8.5 hours and didn’t see another person or cross a track other than at the trail head. PERFECT!

    Keffler skinning up with Silverthorne in the background.

    Silver Couloir

    The long skin up Little Elvis

    Little Elvis Couloir

    View of Buffalo Mtn from Silverthorne, CO. Silver Coulior is from the summit and Little Elvis Couloir is the next one looker’s left.

    GPS Tracks

    #667445
    brainsteak
    87 Posts

    nice job! beautiful lines.

    #667446
    shoebones
    1 Posts

    Most excellent TR! Great effort.

    #667447
    fustercluck
    668 Posts

    Hell yeah, brings back memories of some of my first ever earned turns on Buffalo! Never got into the coolers, though, one of these days I’ll get back there with the splitty…

    #667448
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    Super cool. :guinness:

    #667449
    JimmyC
    351 Posts

    Sweeeeet!

    #667450
    waltzingmatilda
    74 Posts

    :thatrocks: Conditions do look great in there. Great pictures, I love that overhead slash picture near the bottom.

    #667451
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    NICE! Me and some friends where just thinking about this line. I like the pics- especially the gps one. :thumbsup:

    #667452
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    I never got a chance to get up Buffalo when I was in the front range. I would think you guys would of wanted to use your first skin track, why break a new one up the couloir? Either way, solid work guys! See you guys soon!

    #667453

    @summersgone wrote:

    I never got a chance to get up Buffalo when I was in the front range. I would think you guys would of wanted to use your first skin track, why break a new one up the couloir? Either way, solid work guys! See you guys soon!

    Originally Little Elvis wasn’t part of our plan. We got to the bottom of it around noon after riding Silver and decided we still had some time. Our biggest worry was the possibility of the sun coming out in full force and heating everything. Our new plan was to just Skin/boot up with the possibility of bailing if we didn’t like the conditions. The clouds stayed out for the most part and the couloir stayed cool, plus the snow was great, so we were able to climb and ride the whole thing.

    #667454
    keffler
    319 Posts

    So my pictures, look, well, pretty sad compared to MountainDog’s. Just goes to show you how much a good camera and photographer can make all the difference. Thanks for packing that fancy thing-a-ma-gig around and snapping of a few rolls.

    You’ll just have to take my word for it, it was a truly amazing day and MD rode spectacularly!

    MD closing in on the summit

    First few turns before really getting into the Silver Couloir. Snow was great.

    Dropping in and rolling over…

    MD crossing the “Y” in the top part of Silver. This section always makes me a little nervous.

    Looking up at MD. He’s that little dot on the left mid-way up. Such a big Couloir!

    Getting close to the bottom and MD putting in a nice toe side spray

    MD on the exit

    MD at the top of Little Elvis (Anyone know if this is truly the name of this sister couilor?)

    MD above. Little Elvis a great decent all on it’s own. Still shocked we got to ride both of them.

    Coming at U!

    Thanks again MD for taking pictures. Really appreciate it and what a day. Funny, I was thinking the same thing Summersgone put as his TR title. Felt like a thanksgiving Easter weekend. So thankful for such a great day.

    #667455
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Been thinking about getting up there.

    #667456
    dln
    146 Posts

    Nice work . . . great shots MountainDog . . . especially like this one. :thumbsup:

    @mountaindog wrote:

    Keffler skinning up with Silverthorne in the background.

    #667457
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    Nice day boyz. Sure scored on the conditions as well, I do not think I have ever seen the Silver looking so smooth and inviting, way to take advantage of it.

    Still, very surprised it was not crowded, really, I am flabbergasted by it!

    #667458
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    I figured they cut a new skin just for fun, they are just getting ready for the bigger silverton hikes. :thumpsup: can’t wait!

    #667459

    @barrows wrote:

    Nice day boyz. Sure scored on the conditions as well, I do not think I have ever seen the Silver looking so smooth and inviting, way to take advantage of it.

    Still, very surprised it was not crowded, really, I am flabbergasted by it!

    Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised to have the mountain to ourselves. At the trailhead, in the morning, there were a couple AT’ers that said they were planning on hitting Little Elvis. We hit the trail before them and never saw them again. Our guess was that they decided against hitting the couloir and skied back down the south trees we skinned up. At the end of the day there were no tracks heading on the trail heading back to the truck until we saw a few snowshoes/crosscountry skiers closer to the the trailhead.
    For me, even if the riding was poor, but I got out and didn’t see anyone all day- that’s a good day. This day was damn near perfect!

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