The Gretski

 

The newest addition to the Foonskis quiver is the "Gretski". The Gretski  is a true carbon build with a clear top sheet to show it off.

Laying up the first Gretski. Yellow cedar core with sidewalls attached

 

The Gretski is: 129 - 99.99 - 112 and is available in 175cm or 188cm.

The Gretski, Carbon sandwich.

Back in the 90's when we were running around the globe hunting for, finding , and riding "first descents", we realized there was no way to guarantee that a particular face, or line had never been skied before.

But, if you had taken a 2 hour flight into Northeastern Alaska, or traveled to China, or South America, or the remote regions of BC. And you were staring up at 3000 - 6000 vertical ft. wall of 50 - 60+ degrees. Sometimes you could be pretty sure. We called these lines "Gretski's", because you could be 99.99% sure no one had skied them before. (For our readers outside of Canada, Wayne Gretzsky is widely regarded as the greatest hockey player of all time. He wore # 99).  And wherever you found them they would almost always be very similar. If they were holding snow it would be a firm edge-able chalk, often with a coating of angel dust pow. Riding them would usually be an incredible life affirming experience.

The Gretski is designed for getting more of those experiences.

Hooter Summit in the St. Ellias range Yukon Terr.

The face in the photo above was a Gretski. We had first seen it when flying into basecamp for the East ridge of Mt. Logan in 1993. When we returned to the area in 95 this was on our hit list. The team on those Yukon trips was always the same: Jia Condon, Rich Prohaska and Johnny "Foon" Chilton. Jia got a bad vibe on this day and watched from the glacier. About 2/3rd s up the face we made for the ridge on the climbers right to give our burning calves a break, and followed that skyine ridge to the summit.

Rich Prohaska nearing the Summit of Hooter Summit

Dropping in I followed a line near the rocks that led onto the spine feature just skiers right of the big ice patch at the top of the face. I soon realized I couldn't get off the spine without encountering ice.When I tied to ski back onto the face my edges washed out on the boiler plate, cold ice ,and I just managed to arrest the counter rotating fall with my ice tool. I tried several times to get my edges to bite so I could release the tool but I could not. Soon I was hanging from the tool totally pumped. We always carried a couple screws with us on faces like this but Rich had them. He got a screw in above me but his prusic line was not long enough to make it to me (we had left the rope after crossing the bergshrund at the bottom of the face to save weight). I unclipped mine and threw it to him "Don't miss". He got it, tied it on and the two together reached me. I clipped in, pulled the tool, did a big pendulum across the ice and onto beautiful chalky firm snow with a dusting of angel dust pow...

 

 

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