Fourth Time Is A Charm

Randosteve negotiates the wave entrance in the Sneaker Couloir.
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Sometimes I get obsessed with a ski line, especially one that I haven’t skied before. For the past few weeks, it’s been a line called Sneaker Couloir, which has taken me four tries to ski. The first try, and about 3-4 weeks ago, my partner and I turned around and took the easy way down due to zero visibility and high winds at a col and the start of the descent. My second attempt was with the same partner and we turned around even lower, due to a ground blizzard and frigid temperatures. I was solo for the third try, and as I pulled my skins below 9500′ under blue skies but ripping winds, I watched another party get destroyed by a snow tornado on a Grand Teton speed descent attempt. (Yeah, they inevitably turned around too.) But finally, under marginal, in and out visibility, the fourth time was a charm and I finally scored a scratchy, but fun descent of the Sneaker Couloir over the weekend. Here are some photos from the day.

Sidestepping past a rocky windblown section

A couple low angle turns before the couloir proper.

Scoping the Sneaker.

The Sneaker Couloir.

The Tetons at their finest.

Reed Finlay slides in.

Skiing to conditions.

I like this shot.

Looks wicked short in this shot, but a fun couloir for sure!


6 Responses to “Fourth Time Is A Charm”

  1. 1 Chuck Feb 21st, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    That top photo is a keeper, nice composition.

  2. 2 jimk Feb 21st, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    love the mini “crooked thumb” in the pix. raggedy teton charm!

  3. 3 eric Feb 21st, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    the most memorable lines we ski seem to be the ones that don’t give themselves up easily. nice work!

  4. 4 ptor Feb 22nd, 2011 at 1:47 am

    very aesthetic scenario!

  5. 5 Nick Feb 23rd, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Way to finally get it Steve! Looks good.

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