The North Face comp completes its second stop
Kicking off on the lover’s holiday, February 14th, the second day of the Northface Masters at Crested Butte found competitors battling inclement weather, and each other, for a victory on the notorious “Staircase” slope.
Straight down from the start gate, riders had their pick of a skiers left area, “Staircase Proper,” with a series of pillows called the “Handrail,” and further left more pillows called the “Slot Cliffs.” To the riders right sat a cliff-strewn apron called “Body Bag,” with another nasty piece further right called “Dead End,” and finally a cliff launch dubbed the “Cheese Burger.” With death and food metaphors abound, and milk-bird conditions, both the men’s and women’s field laid down serious tracks in the first round of the finals, racing for a cut that left five women and fifteen men for the super-duper finals.
With the sun gracing the sky finally, the scent of BBQ-ing cow from The North Face Jimmy Hopper grill, and a crazed character named Spencer Moon wandering around with a pirate flag draped cape-style about his neck, the real action of the super-duper finals got under way.
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After two days of snowing, it was a full sunny ski day in Crested Butte today. Once you escaped the crowds of the Red Lady Lift (a ten minute wait – that’s busy for Crested Butte!) and the Painter Boy area, it was reasonably clear on the lower slopes. There was a queue for the North Face lift and the Paradise runs were busy, but the East River area was great.