Season Opener: Cristo Couloir

After missing a trip last weekend to the Silver Couloir on Buffalo Peak with Jon and Collin (Jon's Post), I managed to wake up at 4:30 AM to drive up to the Quandary Peak trailhead to tackle the Cristo Couloir.  I had climbed Quandary in the summer a couple years back and got some sweet shots of mountain goats hanging out in the summer sun.  Today wouldn't be quite as nice weather wise.  The 60 mph wind gusts on the summit ridge made the last 500 vertical feet of climbing pretty strenuous, especially with my board acting as a sail on my back.  I managed to summit a couple of minutes behind Jon and Collin and got a quick bite to eat before we dropped into the couloir.  The snow was soft and wind loaded so we took a cautious route down with stopping in safe zones for the first half of the descent.  After this it mellowed out quite a bit and we rode through the run-out onto a frozen lake.  A couple PBRs back at the car rounded out an awesome morning.

Cristo Couloir from Tyler Grubb on Vimeo.

-Tyler Grubb