After an admirable jib session last winter off "The Castle" in Central Park, we had some time this fall to do some soul searching in Sheep's Meadow and contemplate our next line, whenever the conditions would permit again...
January 2011 produced the "Snowiest Month on Record" for NYC. This meant one thing - grab a beacon, avalung and all other necessary gear for another Backcountry mission in "The Park".
With sounds of avi bombs in the distantce, the tram had no choice but to have a delayed opening so we waited patiently for first chair...
Clearly we were more aggressive than most at 6am during this infamous blizzard...
We enter the park...
Passing a few streams in the valley as we climb higher
Getting closer to this year's targeted terrain...
Patrol had abandoned their station as we got deeper into backcountry
Dawn Patrol - starting our ascent to the summit
Many have contemplated or even joked of The Composite Pile as "completely un-skiable" - but the Central Park Extreme Skiers new the dream could come true under the right conditions. Today was that day...
SAFETY FIRST: After checking our beacons, we dig a quick pit to get a read on snow stability. Triggering a slide in these steeps would be a disaster beyond comprehension.
Here is one of our contemplated lines. Mandatory air in 3 sections. Extremely technical so we consult some topography data.
Lead Guide, Simon Gerson, checks the conditions
He points out a modest slide that has us all on heightened alert
3, 2, 1, dropping...
Hak joins Simon on a powder run on the adjacent bowl
Note all the untapped glades behind Hak
Simon suddenly gets very quiet and begins climbing to the line "He's contemplated since he was a kid"
Doug watches with anticipation from the adjacent peak and begins his own due diligence for this line
Doug embraces this "un-skiable line" and prepares to send it
Getting air, on skis, in Central Park
Simon is stil very quiet
When the goggles are on, it's game time
The glades at the top are fairly thick