(Last Updated On: June 26, 2010)
After three good ski days in the previous week, I wanted to squeeze in some more. Kim was hungry for some skiing also so we planned an outing together. After mulling it over for a bit, we decided to try for Sayres. Kim had skied La Plata on Tuesday and Sayres looked pretty good in her pics.
Photo by Kim Ross
Early light shined on Sayres and as we caught a glimpse we had doubts that our intended line even went.
After a group discussion, we decided that Sayres didn’t look as good as we’d hoped. It was doubtful that our line went and we basically decided it wasn’t worth the bushwhack (the Sayres approach requires leaving the La Plata trail and finding your own way through the willows, bushes, and scree in the valley to approach the peak). Instead, we decided to continue on the trail and ski La Plata. It would be the second time for Kim and I- I skied it 4 years before and Kim skied it 4 days before. But, it would be a first for Lacy.
We hung out on the summit for a while trying to decide exactly which line to ski. The line Kim and I had both skied before looked fairly melted out. We toyed around with the idea of trying another line skiers right of the summit, but couldn’t tell if the lines would be continuous. We decided to play it safe and opted for better snow over a more aesthetic line, and went for a line to the skiers left of the summit. Kim and Lacy ready to ski.
From there, we headed straight down the mountain through the forest, until we hooked back up with the trail, and followed the trail back to the trailhead.
Despite not being able to ski what we’d intended, it was a fun day. 2000 vert of good snow in late June… that put a smile on all of our faces 🙂