After skiing the Triangle in primo conditions I was jones'n for some more. I knew Shaneen had just skied the Y in those same conditions so I figured he'd want a little more of the goods too. He did. We met at 7:30 and after I drove back home to get the skins I'd forgotten we started skinning around 8. Down low it felt like summer. It was sweltering and we even noticed a few roller balls falling as we were coming out of the trees. No matter right? We figured it'd be colder the higher up we go.
|Shaneen heading up a debris-less main chute (all photos of Shaneen)|
|Just after the branch point, the beginning of the West Slabs just behind Shaneen|
If you're wondering, the turn off to the Zeus is pretty close after the ducking left under the West Slabs. We weren't sure and ended up looking into a few other turn offs higher up before skiing back down to the entrance of the Zeus. Google Earth helped again and once in the chute proper we found a little bit of breakable mixed with rocks and bushes. The skiing wasn't going to be great but the location was new and quite scenic. We dug another hand pit, felt good about it, and kept moving upward.
|The crux, pull on the branch to get past a few rocks, move|
From there, all of the skiing save a few turns was poor to quite poor. Breakable with random bushes and rocks thrown in the mix. The location was the redeeming factor and in better conditions I'm sure the line is worth more than the one star it gets in the Chuting Gallery.
|Shaneen skiing the breakable mank|
|More breakable down to the city|
|The start of the good turns|
|The end of the good turns|
|The lowest of the debris piles|