First morning started off cold.  Sub zero temps and riding a led at 50mph is about as good as double expresso to get going.  We all stopped about a mile from Eleven's cat terrain to take in an amazing sunrise and to let the hands and face warm up.
AS much as shooting and skiing in cold temps can be trying at times,, it always seems to be productive.  Snow hangs in the air so much more when its cold.   Julian and Rachael were pumped and ready for action.
The first day with Eleven, we had our own persoanl sleds and sled drivers rto maximise vert.  Here you see Julain Carr and Racheal Burks headed to the top of the ridge during some early morning wind.
End of the secod day scene. A pretty cool place to drink some beers and reminince of powder past.
WE had some time to kill so we shot some more pow.  Julain Carr takin'er easy for all us sinner. Say, Friend +_ you got any more of that good sarssparilla?
Dawn till dusk in the Elks.  Crested Butte local and Patagonia Kite boarding ambassador, Branden Clifford milks some late afternoon light in Irwin, Colorado.
Julain making some pre sunrise pow turns for the camera.  On the second day we had Eleven's cat all to ourselfves.   Nothing like taking her easy on a pow hunt,.  Dont get me wrong, the fast past frenzy can be intoxicating on it's own.  But it's alwasy nice knowing you can take your time cause the powder will only be tracked by you and  your crew.  Thanks Eleven!
Racheal Burks at first light with the glorious Elks in the background.
Julian Carr checking his landing.  Making sure it's deep enough to huck a 50 footer.  Probbing with a view.
Elevn threw down for us.  Julian found a perfect 50 footer to throw some lawn Darts (twice) but there was a hanging slope above the cliff and the landing was on a classic trigger zone.  So Eleven came in and bombed both the take off and landing for Julian.  Personal Bombing is always nice.
Racheal Burks sking down during some Colorado sunset afterbang.  You can see the lights of Eleven's media cabin in the distance.  The Media Cabin is one of a couple cabins that all have wifi and are stocked with choioce beers. You can hire a photographer through Eleven to doument your trip and then site in the warmth of the Media Cabin and check out you footy from the day with a cold Dales and apre snacks.
Our second day started out as the Ass crack of Dawn.  Actualy a couple hours before hand.  Here the crew chilled out on the ridge waiting for the sun to rise to capture some scenic ealrymorning rays.  Sometimes being early for sunrise can be chilling, but not when you have a cat to warm up in.

Finding Magic at Irwin, Colorado

A photo gallery featuring the epic snowfall of Irwin Lodge, Colorado

If you live in Colorado and are a frequent powder patron you know of three places—the magical spots that always have the most snow. Like, a lot more. The blessed regions of East Vail, Wolf Creek, and Irwin. Each spot gets a couple hundred inches more then any other ski area in Colorado. We used to call East Vail the doubler. It would invariably get twice as much snow as Vail would report. Every one knows about Wolf Creek. Then there’s Irwin.

Irwin, Colorado, is located 12 miles outside of Crested Butte, which on average gets about 300 inches of snow each year. Irwin will get over 500.

It has been dumping pretty much everywhere in Colorado this past season. Even more so in Irwin. Recently I got a call from Julian Carr who, along with Rachael Burks, wanted to tap into the snowfall at Irwin.

We spent two clear days immediately following a six day storm that dropped 65 inches of powder. The first day we hit the trail on snowmobiles hours before sunrise with sub zero temps. The second day we started even earlier, rolling up in the snowcat here to the 12,000 foot ridgeline. We shot a classic Julian Carr lawn dart scene and spent the rest of the time reveling in that cold, smokey Irwin snow. —Jeff Cricco