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Old 02-21-2013   #1
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What are the most classic ski lines in CO?

This is my first winter in Colorado and I'm wondering what are considered to be the most "classic" big mountain lines in the state. Long, short, steep, mellow, doesn't matter as long as they're high quality. I've heard good things about Dead Dog on Torreys and the Cross Couloir.

Let's hear em!

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Old 02-22-2013   #2
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Quandary Peak - South Gully aka Cristo Couloir

that's a good one!

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Old 02-22-2013   #3
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I always wanted to have a go at superstar couloir on James Peak but never made it happen.

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Old 02-22-2013   #4
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Grizzly Peak. North face of North Maroon. La Plata peak. Sopris peak. The list goes on and on.
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Old 02-22-2013   #5
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There's Shit For Brains, across from A-Basin...

...easy access to that one.
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Old 02-22-2013   #6
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Lou Dawson's guide has got the classics. quite a list. not the stash lines so much, but a good place to start... if i even got to do a couple of these i would be proud.

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Old 02-23-2013   #7
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pretty frickin awesome...
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Old 02-23-2013   #8
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Welcome to Colorado. We've got lots of great backcountry skiing, however if it's your first winter here, I recommend you hook up with some folks that are experienced with the mid-continent snowpack and avalanche danger. Not only is the skiing awesome when the snow's good but it's probably one of the most deadly snowpacks of anywhere in the world close to a population center. Right now you'll see tracks in some pretty rad looking places but remember that just because some idiot skied it and got lucky doesn't mean you will be as lucky. There's lots involved in what makes a slope pop loose - time of day and temperature, storm and weather history, force applied, and it can change minute by minute - someone else's tracks on a face don't mean it's safe.

On a good year a lot of the "classic lines" and rad descents usually aren't safe to ski until mid-March or April, and this is a long way from a good year.

Have fun and be safe,

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Angel of Shavano, Belford's SE face, Yale's Silver Creek Bowl, Antero's west face gullies, and Elbert's Box Creek Cirque are some of the 14'er classics in the Ark Valley.... but there are some others.

Mountain Boy Peak on Independence is pretty sweet:

Jones Mountain on Cottonwood has got some very nice lines:
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Old 02-23-2013   #10
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Cristo, Deming Drop, What big eyes You Have, San Juaquin, Silver couloir, Bell Cord and North Face of North Maroon, Grizzly Couloir, Heaven's eleven and CCrider...should get you started There are so many amazing lines out there.

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