Despite the lack of snow on the south and west aspects of the Lost River Range, we set our sights on the Super Gully today. A seemingly short and painless 3.5hrs to the summit, Matt T., Chuteski, Ricardo, Turbo and I soaked up the sunshine at 12,ooo’ waiting for the snow to soften. After about an hour on the summit, haze and thin clouds started rolling in so we decided to head out. We carefully skied the upper headwall (just skiers right of the obvious rock/snow vertical line at the top) which i found to be very, very steep on extreme hard pack and funny wind irregularities. It kept my attention and i kept my speed down with a few controlled jump turns until the angle eased back.
Once into the hourglass, the snow was soft and powdery and we were all able to link many turns. Near the exit of the hourglass we picked our way through some death cookies and hardened avalanche debris to find long, fall line shots between and to the side of avalanche paths until we reached the bottom.
I can see why the Super Gully is likely the most skied line in the Range; it really is a classic gully! I’m glad we had the chance to do it this year!