I've been off all week for spring break. It's been mostly family oriented stuff but one day I got to go out on a nice ski with a friend. The ski area (Mt. Crested Butte, in the distance in the first shot below) was going to be crowded with spring break tourists so we did a backcountry line he had been wanting to do and I was mostly just along for the ride. It turned out to be a pretty fun and exciting day. The ski was steeper and a bigger commitment than I was expecting, but it all ended well. We climbed for a couple of hours after a short snowmobile ride to the base of Mt. Axtell. Much of the climbing was in the woods, with occasional glimpses of nice views through the branches. Finally we broke out of the trees and some views really opened up. . We found our planned line, the Pencil Chute. Some friends had skied it earlier, but the snow was still pretty nice. . The middle section gets narrow. It's steeper than I was expecting. . We work our way from safe zone to safe zone where we can catch our breath. . The nicest snow was in the apron once it widened it again. . . Looking back . . It ended up being a great and uneventful tour. The K-x DA40 combo were nice and compact so I just carried it in my chest pocket most of the day.