The Windy Wineglass Couloir – New Year’s Day 2017

“Sometimes it’s best to brave the wind and rain…

-Garth Brooks

We rang in 2017 while sleeping in the camper beside a hot springs outside Mammoth Lakes, California. As the sun rose we skinned away from the trucks towards the Wineglass Couloir. After a treacherous creek crossing we noticed the plumes of snow swirling over the ridge line and twisting down the couloir in the wind. We climbed up and out of the ‘stem’ of the wineglass before the wind threatened to throw us back down and we decided to ski. Our boot pack was filled in (almost as soon as our feet left it) and the couloir was coated in smooth cold powder for an amazingly aesthetic ski descent. Happy Birthday to my beautiful bride and Happy New Year!

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Zack narrowly avoiding going for a plunge!
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The girls with the ski-toss
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Winds blasting through the Wineglass Couloir

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Snow moving over the rocks in every direction

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Walls of wind and snow would move down the couloir and impact us in the chest. Here’s Lindsay getting low and bracing with her ice axe as a gust rolls over her.
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Wind and snow blasting down Wineglass Couloir

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Snow cascading over the walls of rock in the wind

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Lindsay laying down some perfect New Years-birthday-first track-turns down the Wineglass Couloir 

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Lindsay arc’ing smooth turns down the couloir

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Happy Birthday to Lindsay and Happy New Year!

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  1. Interesting pictures Ben…they tell a story !

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  2. Amazing descent on what looked like a wild day. Finishing off with a dip in a hot spring, does life get better than that!

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