Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Granite Peak skied, from the top

I wanted to give a quick shout out to the brothers Nick and Ben Vandenbos, who skied Granite Peak from the exact summit in late May this year.  To my knowledge, this is the first ski descent from summit of the highest point in Montana.  The line is full value - steep, intricate, exposed, remote, and very condition dependent.  Nice work fellas!

I grew up skiing with Nick and Ben in high school, and remember we used to feel like badasses because we could crush as many as five ridge hikes in a single day at Bridger Bowl.  Both Nick and Ben have progressed their backcountry skills considerably since then, especially in the past few years.  I can't wait to see where they take it from here.  

Nick's full trip report is finally available on his highly recommended blog.


  1. Thanks for the shout out, Brian. Who wouldn't feel like a badass after five ridge hikes?

    1. looks like you need permission to view the blog containing the trip report. Any chance you could hook up the info for me or let me on there? thanks!