Trip Reports: Spring Riding 2006

Here are some photos from springtime backcountry snowboarding in the Front Range, Gore Range, and Sawatch Range of Colorado during the 2006 season.
riding, Northwest Couloir, photo

Riding Torreys

Front Range, Colorado

Jason King riding down the Northwest Couloir of Torreys Peak. This is right after the initial technical section, when the couloir opened up with wide powdery snow. Once we got to this section we were able to stomp on the gas and rocket down the remaining 2500 feet. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

snowboarding, Torreys Northwest Couloir Descent, Colorado, photo

Torreys Northwest Couloir

Colorado

Jason King makes a high-speed carve during the 3000-foot descent of Torreys Peak's Northwest Couloir - April. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Jack rides, photo

My turn! Photo ©2006 by Jason King. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Grizzly Peak, photo

Carving Grizzly

Jason King carves in front of Grizzly Peak. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

fresh tracks, photo

At the bottom looking back up at our fresh tracks. Note the enormous scale of our high-speed carves! Haha! Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

hiking, chute, photo

Hiking up the chute. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

summit, Gore Range, photo

Scoping the Line

Gore Range, Colorado

Jason King stands on the razor edge summit of Peak 12620. The rugged peaks of the Northern Gore Range are visible in the background. Although our initial plan was to ride down the narrow couloir that we had hiked up, we discovered upon arriving at the summit that the north side of the mountain was filled with gorgeous preserved powder. There was no question which side to ride down! Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

snowboarding, Pitkin Creek, Gore Range, Colorado, photo

Skiers Point Dropin

Gore Range, Colorado

Dropping in from the summit of Peak 12620 near Skier's Point in the Pitkin Creek drainage near Vail - April. Rider: Jason King. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Star Mountain, summit, Twin Lakes, photo

Hiking Star

Sawatch Range near Leadville, Colorado

Mikel arrives at the cold windy summit of Star Mountain, in the Sawatch Range. Twin Lakes are visible far below in the background. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Star Mountain, photo

Riding Star

Sawatch Range, Colorado

Mikel Goicoechea hauls ass down Star Mountain. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Star Mountain, photo

Down Star

Sawatch Range, Colorado

Ted Reckas carves down Star Mountain. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

river crossing, photo

River Walk

Sawatch Range, Colorado

Too lazy to hike through the soft snow to get back to the truck, Ted and I decided to take a more direct route. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.