May 31, 2011

Split Mountain

Huge, huge day on Split yesterday—we skied the north face right off the top of the north summit, then down into the Red Lake basin right beneath the east face and the central couloir. Yes, the video is long, but so was the adventure. The diversity, beauty, and abundance of skiable terrain in the Split vicinity really defies description. I think if road/trail access weren't so awful, I'd just forgo the rest of the range and spend all my time exploring here...

  1. Jeff S says:

    Nicely done Andy! Cant wait to get into the backcountry myself next week!

  2. Dan Conger says:


  3. Bill says:

    Nice job Andy. BTW, do you see it? 1:08 – 1:17 into the video. It’s right there. You know what I’m talking about.

  4. Matt says:

    Congrats on another sweet trip. I need to stop watching these before I lose my mind… the only snow left here in New England is a few hundred feet in Tuckerman Ravine.

  5. Florian says:

    Nice job. Too many turns for my taste on the descent, but well done! Any chance of you doing Split Couloir?

  6. Andy says:


    I thought conditions on that day were perfect for the EC, but it was very windy, with a lot of blowing snow, raising fears of another hair-trigger slab.

    In my opinion, it’s getting late for extreme lines: the sun is very intense now, and the favorable window can close very quickly on any aspect that isn’t true north…

  7. Michael says:

    Brilliant once again Andy. I enjoy these immensely.

  8. Robert K says:

    Very cool, Drew. So… 5:30am start… Summit @ 3pm… what time did you end up getting back to the car?

  9. Andy says:

    It was a 13-hour day. :)

  10. norma says:

    sweet! what a day! always enjoy your videos.

  11. rich meyer says:

    looks great. very envious. keep charging.

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