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Joining the Chute Clube

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides has a little program that they run on Saturdays named the "Chute Club".  If you want some steep skiing in the backcountry with guides that have a great knowledge of the area, this is a fun way to get the goods.  For not much more than what you pay at a destination resort, you get to ski some great lines in the Idaho backcountry. 

 

This trip was made on March 22nd, and here in Boise spring has definitely arrived.  Golf courses are green, the youth soccer leagues are in full swing and trees are blooming.  BUT a couple hours north of here along the famed Idaho 21, it is still very much WINTER! 

 

The skiing was in some chutes that are off the beaten path in the Cape Horn area.  There wasn't another human anywhere within sight of our group, these lines were untracked, and in fact we didn't see another track the entire day.  Here is the video TR of our adventure.  This was shot with two GoPros and a Reel cam.  I had them mounted on the helmet, chest and a little experiment for me - directly on my ski pole.  This provides several different views, including some 3rd person footage.

 

 

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Nice! Looks like a lot of work...

Mike
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Great video! @Cody Feuz have you thought about doing their Ski Mountaineering Camp? I've looked at some tr for past camps and it looks pretty cool!

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Thanks for the compliment @mfa81.  Yes, I have thought about the Ski Mountaineering camp, but if I do one of those I'll have to seriously weigh it against the one in the Tetons from Exum.  The main things that have "held me back" from the ski mountaineering camps are budget, and timing.  (It's not that they are overpriced, I'm just spending my skiing dollars on other pursuits).

That is why I really liked the Chute Club.  It is only a one day commitment, has more options for dates and if you are with 3-4 people it is a good price point for me.  I will definitely look at adding one of these Chute Club sessions to my "annual skiing budget".  :) 

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Great day. Great stoke!

D1

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Thanks for the vid. Nicely done. The pole cam is a bit shaky under way, but I liked you used it to get the alternate shots you couldn't do with the head or chesty mounts.

 

How many runs did you get in?

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Thanks for the vid. Nicely done. The pole cam is a bit shaky under way, but I liked you used it to get the alternate shots you couldn't do with the head or chesty mounts.

 

How many runs did you get in?


Yeah, the pole cam was definitely an experiment.  I have an idea on how to attach it to the top of the ski pole and have it on a swivel.  This would allow me to ski near to someone at speed and point it at the subject.  (I didn't do that on this trip, because of the protocol that we were using to ski one at a time).  I know there are "sticks" out there, but I'm kind of partial to skiing with both poles so I'm working on ideas from that angle.

 

Number of runs was 2 big chutes, a little over 1000 vert each.  And then the 3rd/final run was basically down a low angle valley, transitioning to a ridge in nice spring corn conditions.  It was fun, but the footage would have been pretty boring, so i didn't include it in this edit. 

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