Backcountry Skiing in Colorado

Skiing and Hiking in the Colorado Backcountry

Quandary Peak, Cristo Couloir. A 14er Descent

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After Buffalo Jon suggested skiing Quandary’s Cristo Couloir.  I was like “Cool.”  Dave and I had skied Quandary last year after the incident on Mt. Yale.  It was kind of a mental “get back in the game” descent for me.  Due to some terribly strong winds Dave and I opted not to ski the Cristo Couloir last year, so I was stoked to give it a shot.

Quandary is an easily accessible 14er which forms the southern terminus of the Tenmile Range in Colorado.  From Quandary’s summit at 14,265 the Cristo Couloir drops 2600 vertical feet off the south face.  The descent literally seems to go on forever.  I met Tyler and Andrew at the T–rex lot at 5:30am.  We met up with Jon in Breck at 7.  Jon and Andrew both had late nights the night before and I’m pretty sure Jon was still slightly intoxicated.

It didn’t matter much because Jon started up the mountain at a brisk pace.  We made short work of the ascent, covering the 3000 vertical feet in about 3 hours.  We lost Andrew along the way due to what might have turned out to be food poisoning.

Tyler braved some 60mph winds with a snowboard (sail) on his back and we all met at the summit, trasitioned and prepared for the descent.  As you can see from the POV, the descent was a loooong one.  I sped up the second half of the video and it still goes over 5 minutes.  We were able to ski all the way back to the car and finished the day with some Lucha back in Breck.  Another great day in Colorado’s backcountry.  Enjoy the POV!

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Author: ToblerX

Husband, Father and fun-lover. I love to ski, climb, hike and preferably all of them together!

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