Forums Trip Reports TR: B.F.P Couloir on the Divide
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  • #567241
    Wyomingsplit_ride
    663 Posts

    Across the world there are so many mountains and so little time. Likewise, in Wyoming, there are so many peaks and so little time. I found this out this weekend. With Christmas around the corner, there are many staff Christmas parties and obligations. None of which are conducive to long day tours crammed into a small amount of time.

    The Lander Crew had been eyeing B.F.P. Couloir nearly all fall. Conditions on this route never seemed to be quite right up until this last weekend. So we made our journey on little time. We didn’t bag the peak, but came pretty close. Doesn’t really matter in the end because it was a stellar day on a new line that we have not skied yet. We got to eye the prize.

    Our tour started on top of this peak on the Continental Divide. We skied from looker’s right, down the ridge, and into the bowl.

    Once in the bowl, you can see B.F.P. Couloir. This is our actual line that we ended up skiing. It does continue all of the way to the top, but we had to turn around due a Christmas Party obligation. Tis the season. Bah humbug, let’s ski.

    A closer view:

    Skinning up to the base of the Couloir:

    Up into the apron, nothing but smiles for miles:

    Time to boot it. The snow pack was bomber. Little to no instabilities. Just fresh on bomber base…wasn’t slabby at all.

    Nearing the choke and our turnaround point:

    The South Dakota boy experiences a great climb. Good slope angle:

    Michael Jordan? It really is not that tough of a climb.

    Pure bliss for glisse. Nearing the choke:

    Dropping into the apron:

    Michael Jordan again? Sweet lines none the less:

    Final pitch after the couloir made for lots of vert!

    Looking back at it all…next time, the summit!

    Just happy to be out and getting some. Can hardly wait for Christmas vacation.

    #584752
    nomad
    288 Posts

    Those lines look like butter WSR.

    The snow pack was bomber. Little to no instabilities. Just fresh on bomber base…wasn’t slabby at all.

    What a rarity around these parts. Let’s hope it sticks around.

    Definitely looking forward to scrubfest

    #584753
    Hyakbc
    53 Posts

    Splitboard.com, you’re getting punked.

    #584754
    huevon
    124 Posts

    That is some cool-looking terrain. How anyone could bear leaving such amazing untracked lines behind them… 😯 Christmas isn’t going anywhere!!!! 😮

    What are you talking about anyway hyak? I don’t know even know what that means, punked…? That is bad, right?

    #584755
    Wyomingsplit_ride
    663 Posts

    hyackbc-What is that supposed to mean?

    #584756
    pbelitz
    24 Posts

    #584757
    philfort
    31 Posts

    1) Cool terrain
    2) Good snow
    3) Stable snow

    If we had all 3 around here right now, I’d be all over it! Unfortunately we only have #3, with your option of mutually exclusive #1 or #2.

    #584758
    huevon
    124 Posts

    pbelitz, your idle threats have gone far enough. I am on the phone as we speak; the Washington State DOT is triangulating your position in preparation for spray control by artillery fire. (Please do not deviate from your current coordinates, or attempt takeoff from a frictionless treadmill.)

    #584759
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    tasty looking treats! 8)

    #584760
    ChrisI
    48 Posts

    Thanks for sharing the stoke!

    I wish Christmas could wait.. Marrooned in PA for the holidays. If you Wyoming guys keep posting TR’s like this, there’ll be a buncha feral, powderstarved (endin soon, methinks) Sierra splitters knocking on your doors. 😈

    -C

    #584761
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    oh my God. That looks so nice. 😛 You always have kick ass scenery in your tr’s WSR. Never a straight forward, simple outing from you. Always some crazy couloir or approach. 😀

    #584762
    huFfer
    51 Posts

    I am assuming somewhere amidst all those skiers there is a splitter… the photographer perhaps…

    In pic 11, do you come straight down from that cornice?!? If so, dats a proud line! (Edit: I now see from the last one that most prolly don’t but you certainly could!)

    I need to leave Wa. once in awhile…

    #584763
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    hey wyo,

    sorry if I’ve asked before but what type of camera are ya using?

    your pics always look great. 8)

    #584764
    Wyomingsplit_ride
    663 Posts

    @huffer wrote:

    I am assuming somewhere amidst all those skiers there is a splitter… the photographer perhaps…

    Huffer-I am the splitter and the photographer. I was splitting on this trip. First of all, in Wyoming there are not a ton of people, let alone splitters. All my bro’s ski, so I end up with skier photos. When I am feeling energetic, I hand one of them the camera to take photos of me, but I am not really all about that. I just like shooting photos, enjoying the scenery, and ripping aesthetic lines. Sorry if I offended you with “skier” photos, but I didn’t want to mess around on this line. Not a place you want to get caught. In the end, it is all about sliding downhill anyway. We all enjoy the backcountry as much as the next guy or gal.

    BCRIDER-My camera is an Olympus Stylus 4.0 mpixel all weather cam. It is small, but packs a little punch. I have a couple photographer friends trying to talk me into a big gun of a camera. After seeing that quality, I feel like my camera is limp. Can hardly wait to get my hands on a real camera. 😀

    #584765
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    Nice, WSR. Or should we call you Wyoming AT Ride? Just kidding, I know where your heart is…even though this is your third TR while skiing (as far as I can tell anyway).

    #584766
    Wyomingsplit_ride
    663 Posts

    Eco-I was splitting on this trip! 👿 I have only skied twice out of ten days. I knew I should have never came out of the closet with the AT gear 😳 😉

    Just to let you all know that another Wyoming snowboarder, Stephen Koch, rocks the AT setup too. See this report: http://tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41577

    ****in no way do I compare myself to the legend Mr. Koch…just a point of reference

    Snowriding is like stocks and bonds my brotha’s…you gots to diversify every once in a while. 😉

    #584767
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    Ride on, dude. I just couldn’t find a board track. Way to represent.

    #584768
    lifelinksplit
    282 Posts

    Right on man. I need to get back down to your neck of the woods. It hasn’t been above 5 degrees on the last three trips I took. We even had to back out sunday cause it was -13. these pics are getting me stoked for scrubfest. Keep up the good work.

    #584769
    ReeferMadness
    43 Posts
    “Wyomingsplit_ride wrote:
    I am the splitter and the photographer. I was splitting on this trip. First of all, in Wyoming there are not a ton of people, let alone splitters. All my bro’s ski,

    I used to have that problem, then I found new bro’s… 8)

    Sick terrain WY split ride! Would love to rode trip over there w/ the sleds sometime.

    #584770

    wyoming – nice looking trip & nice photos. I’ve always wanted to rip lines in the Teton Pass area. If I flew into Jackson would you pick me up and show me the goods?
    peace, love, & hippiness
    LaughingAtYouClowns

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