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Silver Couloir Dawn Patrol

Last week, a couple Skiing Magazine staffers decided to make some turns before work. They bagged the Silver Couloir, a steep, 2,500 foot stripe down the northeast face of Buffalo Mountain in Silverthorne, Colorado. Conditions were all time for this classic Summit County line, they found blue skies and buttery, boot-top powder. Not a bad way to start the day.

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At the Ryan Gulch Trailhead in the early A.M., editor Kevin Luby looks a bit disheveled after realizing he forgot his jacket in the condo.

At the Ryan Gulch Trailhead in the early A.M., editor Kevin Luby looks a bit disheveled after realizing he forgot his jacket in the condo.

The rising sun casts a breathtaking glow on the south face of Buffalo Mountain, the approach route.

The rising sun casts a breathtaking glow on the south face of Buffalo Mountain, the approach route.

The climb offers a nice opportunity for lunar observation.

The climb offers a nice opportunity for lunar observation.

Two pieces of test gear were well received on this early morning skin: the First Ascent Guide Glove and the Flylow Baker Bib.

Two pieces of test gear were well received on this early morning skin: the First Ascent Guide Glove and the Flylow Baker Bib.

An approaching front causes the wind to pick up near the summit of Buffalo Mountain.

An approaching front causes the wind to pick up near the summit of Buffalo Mountain.

Kevin Luby drops a knee on the wind-scoured snow at the top of the couloir.

Kevin Luby drops a knee on the wind-scoured snow at the top of the couloir.

Skiing Magazine's Art Director, Mark Lesh, finds a few wind-assisted face shots.

Skiing Magazine’s Art Director, Mark Lesh, finds a few wind-assisted face shots.

Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard listed the Silver Couloir in their book, Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. Catching this…

Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard listed the Silver Couloir in their book, Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. Catching this beauty on a near-perfect day is a unique experience.