After a prolonged and warm fall that was perfect for biking but not so much for skiing, Colorado was finally blessed with a strong storm cycle in mid November. The snow fell on just enough snow on shaded slopes to make those slopes quite suspect from an avalanche standpoint. (The Crested Butte Avalanche Center took a great series of photos of snow cover before this storm which may be useful for planning early season ski outings). Wanting to take it easy on our first day out, Topher and I made some turns on a short slope just up from the Kebler Pass trailhead.
Conditions were quite good for the first day of the season, though still fairly thin.
A few days later, Brittany and I headed out the Slate River valley to a different zone, which was even deeper. There was some wind affected snow, and flat light, but otherwise conditions were excellent. The skin up:
Every post we write has a purpose. Today, the purpose is pure stoke. There’s powder out there, and it’s waiting to be skied. We found a whole bunch of it on Tuesday. Here’s some photos:
Winter has been teasing us all fall. We’d get a taste during a pleasurable snowstorm, but then the storm would be followed with more than a week of dry skies warm temperatures. While some people soaked in the sepia hues that surrounded us, I felt that non-winter lasted particularly long this year.
But, then, the forecast read this:
Winter had arrived, and it arrived with a fury. We couldn’t have been happier
On Friday, after dealing with the first-day-of-the-season-my-snowmobile-is-a-pain-to-start scenario, I headed into the Crested Butte backcountry with Alex, Ben, and Kyle to check out what Winter had delivered
We found it was good. Alex:
Really quite good
Last weekend, we headed to Salt Lake City to visit friends and with perfect riding conditions, we decided to get the bikes out along the way. It had been several years since either of us rode at Fruita’s 18 road, which perfectly suited our needs for some short rides in the middle of a quick road trip. I forgot just how good the riding is there. Some of the newer trails, in particular, are a blast to ride and take some of the pressure off the original classics. 18 road features “flow trails”, before the term was coined.
1st Loop, Kessel:
2nd Loop, Joe’s Ridge: