This 500-foot long landslide in Central Vermont was born on August 27, 2011 during Tropical Storm Irene. Most of what lived there before is gone; washed into the river below after 11 inches of rain fell in just a few hours. On the bright side, Irene’s fury opened up new terrain, landslides that mirror western-style couloirs. I’ve driven by this particular chute a hundred times, waiting for there to be enough snow. Conditions finally came together in late March, when Randy Elles and Kyle Amos invited me along to shred the line.
[Words by Justin Cash // Photos by Randy Elles and Justin Cash]