Extreme skier Jason Torlano peers down the fall line before dropping into the northwest face of Clouds Rest on Jan. 16, 2013.
Clouds Rest is a massive granite formation located northeast of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. From Tunnel View, it sits just left of — and more than 1,000 feet above — its more famous neighbor and is often shrouded in clouds. (Hence the name.)
The sweeping northwest face, approximately 5,000 feet tall and 5,000 feet wide, presents a serious challenge to rock climbers who bother to make the hike up Tenaya Canyon.
But ski Clouds Rest? That would be impossible. Until now.
Last Wednesday, extreme skiers Jason Torlano of Foresta and Jonathan Blair of South Lake Tahoe completed the first ski decent of Clouds Rest after spending Tuesday night camped on the airy 9,926-foot summit.
Torlano, who gre
The rounded summit of Clouds Rest in Yosemite National Park before last week’s first ski descent by Jason Torlano of Foresta and John Blair of South Lake Tahoe.
w up in Yosemite Valley, has spent the last several years seeking out Yosemite’s steepest ski terrain. The 37-year-old has skied nearly every major chute and gully while establishing 28 first descents. He’s skied Quarter Dome, Lost Brother, Dewey Point, Crocker Point, you name it.But Clouds Rest, he admits, tops them all. “It was the most committing ski I’ve ever done,” Torlano said in a phone interview.
Look for the complete story on Thursday’s Out There page. For now, whet your appetite with a couple photos Torlano sent over.