Huntsman Ridge has the Goods – Colorado TR

Post by blogger | January 15, 2009      

Lynn Sanson

This last weekend we saw the avalanche danger decrease a little bit in our neck of the woods. That meant one thing, everyone had big plans for the weekend. After hearing a lot of talk of Marble (and having seen a few mega-group pictures since) we decided on a path slightly less taken. Lynn Sanson offers us his short take on the day…

Saturday dawned clear and cold in the vicinity of the WildSnow HQ, so while our mentor was still going Euro and slamming pastries, Dave, Tobin and I decided on a tour along Huntsman Ridge. Huntsman is the long ridge that extends seemingly forever northward from the top of McClure Pass.

The ridge is characterized by primarily low angle aspen glades to the south and west, which can be fun, but our destination was the more engaging terrain off the east side of the ridge.

Pleasant skinning lead up to the ridge proper giving up fabulous views of Mt. Sopris, the Marble backcountry and the always impressive Chair Mountain. While there are a variety of shots to choose from, we headed for some moderately angled glade skiing known as Riley 1. These glades have a nice northeast aspect that we anticipated would hold some nice powder. A short clip of what we found…

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All in all it was a great day out touring with my son Tobin and neighbor Dave.



14 Responses to “Huntsman Ridge has the Goods – Colorado TR”

  1. ScottN January 15th, 2009 3:50 pm

    Hey Lynn – off topic but…. Noticed you are signed up for the 24 Hrs Sunlight. I haven’t registered yet as I was hoping to find a room in the condos to share on Saturday night (mainly for my wife and maybe one other, who would be providing support for me the whole time). Condos are booked, so thats why I’m looking for a room. I live locally and know Lou a little and did the event last year. Email is If interested let me know. Sorry for taking up space on your blog Lou for a personal request.

  2. dave downing January 15th, 2009 5:30 pm

    I just want to say that I think Tobin an AWESOME job editing what was a very limited amount of video footage. I’d love to see a full movie intro from him some day…and think that’s entirely possible.

  3. Lynn January 15th, 2009 6:11 pm

    Dave, here is a link to some work Tobin has done for Jaywalker Lodge, scroll down to the Expedition Recap, click and play.

    The kid has skills!

  4. GeorgeT January 16th, 2009 6:12 am

    Quiver Question: I am considering the Dynafit Seven Summits in 178 or K2 Superlights in 174 for peaks and huts. Which would you recommend for Colorado (Aspen to Marble)? My current setup is 175 Salomon Pocket Rockets, Freerides and Scarpa Matrix boots, which work great but are a little heavy. I have Dynafit TLT Speed bindings waiting for the skis and want something matched to my Scarpa Matrix boot. I am 6′, 170 lbs and a smooth skier rather than cliff hucker.

  5. Mike Traslin January 16th, 2009 8:58 am

    Seven Summits!

  6. Lou January 16th, 2009 10:04 am

    Dang George, that’s like choosing between two brands of quality hefe-weitzen! I’d just get the one that you can get the best deal on. It’ll be a great setup.

  7. dave January 16th, 2009 10:15 am

    Since when are “smooth skiers” and “cliff huckers” separate styles? I’ve seen plenty of smooth huckers and non-huckers who weren’t smooth 🙂

  8. chris kruthaupt January 16th, 2009 11:54 am

    I’ve got an older pair of tlt classics – pink, purple and green variety. The climbing post on the top plate of heel piece finally broke. Wanted to replace it with a similar 3 screw top plate from the same era binding. Purchased a newer plate, but worried that it won’t fit as the newer models have 4 holes and seem a little larger. Wanted to see if anyone had an old pair that has been scrapped and would be willing to part with the top plate of heel. If so let me know and I’ll forward contact info and some $ or beer. Chris

  9. Patrick January 16th, 2009 3:35 pm

    Sweet fluff!

  10. GeorgeT January 16th, 2009 4:13 pm

    Lou: I appreciate the weissbier comparo. How about a picture of a Kristallweizen which of course is lighter and an Austrian specialty. More bier pics which are worth a thousand words and mouth full of saliva.
    Dave: Sorry your striped pants distract most of us from seeing smooth instead of power. Perhaps my style is more smooth finessed meadow skipping compared to your smooth huck power. So your recommendation– 7 Summits or K2 Superlights?
    Mike: Thanks for the input.
    Best, George

  11. dave January 16th, 2009 4:59 pm

    @George — Can’t we all be smooth? 🙂 I’m going to let Lou make the call between the 7Summits and Superlights as I haven’t skied either.

  12. Lou January 17th, 2009 1:28 am

    In this case, I’d say a demo might be called for….

  13. GeorgeT January 17th, 2009 7:45 am

    Lou: Thanks 7 Summits purchased, based upon weight, versatility, solid construction and price. Stores are starting to dump inventory early this year.
    Thanks, George
    PS Maybe I can find some striped pants like Dave’s on sale. Ya think? (grin).

  14. GeorgeT January 17th, 2009 8:23 pm

    7 Summits @178 cm = 6.39 lbs or 2,898.45 grams according to scale at Ute City Cycles, Carbondale, CO. So nearly identical to Manaslu in weight at same length.

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