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Access from Reno, NV:
US 395 south
CA 168 west
Buttermilk Road west to snow closure

Basin Mountain:
Chelsea Morgan and I skinned up Basin Mountain to Basin Couloir, then booted up to the top of the couloir. I scrambled up fourth class rock to the summit; no one signed the register since August. We skied the couloir finding variable snow; powder to a variety of crusts, then found some good corn flakes on the lower mountain.
Elevation: ~6000’
Distance: ~5.4 miles
Time: ~6:40


Mount Humphreys

Chelsea Morgan skiing Basin Couloir. Chelsea is to the far right; this illustrates the magnitude of the terrain.

Brian Kalet skiing Basin Couloir. The summit looms overhead. Photo: Chelsea Morgan