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.
Looks wicked short in this shot, but a fun couloir for sure!
That top photo is a keeper, nice composition.
love the mini “crooked thumb” in the pix. raggedy teton charm!
the most memorable lines we ski seem to be the ones that don’t give themselves up easily. nice work!
very aesthetic scenario!
Way to finally get it Steve! Looks good.
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