Twin Sisters Traverse

By:  Sam
April 9, 2012

Despite the ever decreasing stature of the mountains as we headed south, the views remained jaw-dropping.

After South Twin, the USGS stops naming the peaks along the range, and though I believe the Becky guide provides some names, we were happy to wander through what felt like an unexplored wilderness.

Me, enjoying some turns on firm frozen corn.

This basin is quite large.

Allen and I saw this line and really wanted to ski it, so we dropped our overnight gear and raced up while Travis nursed a swelling knee and melted snow.

Dropping in.

From the bottom, this line looked like it was about 300 feet tall, but turned out to be about 700, the top bit was quite steep as well.

Allen, getting ready to ski.

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  1. Adrian
    wrote on April 10th, 2012 at 1:27 am  

    Wow, looks like a great ski. Sure is some beautiful country around those parts.

  2. Skidmarks
    wrote on April 10th, 2012 at 7:24 am  

    At first glance I thought you were talking about Twin Mountain NH!!
    Great report guys.

  3. bushman
    wrote on April 10th, 2012 at 8:37 am  

    Damn! I’m out of breath just reading the notes below each frame; what a workout. inspires mere mortals to climb for snow next week. nice report guys.

  4. jake L.
    wrote on April 10th, 2012 at 8:53 am  

    A great adventure with great company, that’s what it’s all about! Splendid write up Sam, looking forward to the next instalment.

  5. Ullr
    wrote on April 10th, 2012 at 6:53 pm  


  6. christian
    wrote on April 10th, 2012 at 7:21 pm  

    SICK TRIP! how much vert did that work out to roughly?
    got yourself a houdini i see. one of my favorites, ever.

  7. Sam
    wrote on April 10th, 2012 at 10:40 pm  

    It was 11100ft of gain over 30 miles. Yeah, the houdini is awesome, I bought it for trail running (I’ve been running a ton recently), but I’ve really grown to like it for skiing as well. I didn’t even bring a shell on this trip.

  8. powhounddd
    wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 8:59 pm  

    Great TR, glad it worked out! The mountains there are really something, real nice pics. Oh and, just for fun: “We pushed off, praying to press past a pair of potentially problematic passes prior to parking our parkas.” would have been 2x Extra points for abusive alliteration ;)

    • bushman
      wrote on April 11th, 2012 at 9:31 pm  

      avoid alliteration. always

  9. Peter
    wrote on April 12th, 2012 at 10:49 pm  

    f.f.s this is awesome, thanks guys. So beautiful, I want to be in those mountains so badly!

    • Sam
      wrote on April 13th, 2012 at 3:10 am  

      6 hour flight + 6 miles of hiking gets you to snow! glad you liked the photos

  10. Roger Strong
    wrote on April 16th, 2012 at 1:42 am  

    Absolutely stunning traverse and thanks for sharing Sam and Allen…great getting to hang with you both in the desert this weekend!

  11. savant
    wrote on April 16th, 2012 at 11:48 am  

    Thanks for the time and effort put into writing this TR. As the Boston marathon trickles by with 80 -85 temps for the day this was a nice diversion

  12. ml242
    wrote on April 16th, 2012 at 5:45 pm  

    Must have been hard to leave so much great skiing hanging there to make it across the traverse. Looking forward to the next installation.

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