October Surprise 2 – West Pearl Mountain

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | October 28, 2006      

There was no choice. We had to get out and experience WS6, another October surprise! Objective: West Pearl Mountain at the head of Castle Creek, south of Aspen.

Pearl Basin backcountry skiing
In Pearl Basin, Colorado. We went gonzo with the pickup truck again and reached the same parking as the previous weekend. We met two friendly and experienced guys, Adam and Alex, who were using a snowmachine for access. The place was totally deserted other than our two groups (more of that incredibly crowded National Forest). As we had the same objective we decided to combine forces after they parked their sled.

Pearl Basin backcountry skiing
Our route on West Pearl Mountain.

Pearl Basin backcountry skiing
Alex skiing off the summit.

Pearl Basin backcountry skiing
Scott farming the powder field we found on Pearl’s northerly flank.

Pearl Basin backcountry skiing
Louie lashing his plow through the furrows.

Pearl Basin backcountry skiing
Backcountry skiing plow detail shot. WS6 did a good job of preparing the fields — our work was easy. The snowpack is welded and somewhat thin (we hit a few rocks), avy danger minimal though pocket slabs exist. “Thin” being a relative term of course…for October this is FAT!

Pearl Basin backcountry skiing
Check this out. Adam had a NEW Yamaha Vector 4-stroke. The engineering on this thing is incredible. And it’s quiet. We want one. I guess I’d better get to work selling more advertising. These things could revolutionize backcountry skiing — or have they already?

Pearl Basin backcountry skiing
Obligatory sledneck jam session at parking. Yeah, we’re planning on meeting up with these guys again!


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3 Responses to “October Surprise 2 – West Pearl Mountain”

  1. Derek October 28th, 2006 8:09 pm

    The new four strokes are an exciting revolution. Quiet, effiecient, and not so stinky. Be a much nicer machine to be towed behind than the typical two stroke.

  2. Lou October 29th, 2006 12:29 pm

    I’d like to get one and mod the exhaust so it’s even quieter, put an ATV winch on it, and thus have the ultimate access machine!

  3. David George October 30th, 2006 1:57 am

    Hah looks great Lou, you lucky devil. Is this down to el-Nino? Over here in Yurope it is as dry as a bone. We’ve had the hottest October on record in France, +5C above average and not a drop from the skies. It is turning colder now but the forecast is for sun for the next week or so with perhaps a dusting around Geneva and Chamonix.

    The “motoneige” looks nice but don’t try that sort of thing in the Alps!

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