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kneel turner
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Crystal ridge run 12/23/16
« on: 12/23/16, 07:40 PM »

Well, tried to rally partners for some  BC @ x-tal, and lucked out. Silas was still up and ready for an adventure. Skied a route from Bullion/Crown/Pickhandle/bear gap/resort and found excellent conditions.
He said "Thanks for breaking", I said "You're missing out". There's something special about ski tips pushing through soft snow.
Pickhandle to bear gap was the best conditions I've stumbled upon. Too bad we got yelled at by the retro grouch for skiing across the skin track. (We are new , and don't know any better).
Friends, beers, and holiday cheer at the Elk.
Doesn't get any better.
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Brandonee
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Re: Crystal ridge run 12/23/16
« Reply #1 on: 12/23/16, 08:45 PM »

Miss the crystal BC and beers at the Elk.....soon.
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John Morrow
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Re: Crystal ridge run 12/23/16
« Reply #2 on: 12/24/16, 04:51 AM »

I said "You're missing out". There's something special about ski tips pushing through soft snow.


Best quote of the year.  Indeed
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silaswild
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Re: Crystal ridge run 12/23/16
« Reply #3 on: 12/24/16, 07:40 AM »

Thanks Ed. The skies were blue for our west facing 1200' runs in 16" wind compressed but consistent powder. Hoping for more of the same today.
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Don Heath
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Re: Crystal ridge run 12/23/16
« Reply #4 on: 12/24/16, 08:51 AM »

Retro Grouch! Ha!   I am so over worrying about crossing the track,  people walking in the track, etc.   You should have barked at him for putting a skin track across a nice skiable line.  Sorry I missed you guys.   Your conditions sound WAY better than what we found at Snoqualmie.
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kamtron
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Re: Crystal ridge run 12/23/16
« Reply #5 on: 12/24/16, 10:47 AM »

Good times out there.
I was with a group who skied ridge runs in Silver Basin (away from the now permanently closed to touring area). We found building wind slabs (4-12") at ridge top which became sensitive as the day progressed. Overall good quality powder when not wind-affected.
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