(Last Updated On: October 24, 2010)
Snow has been falling all over Colorado, including Crested Butte. The flurrying fluffy stuff brought a shine to my eyes that probably hasn’t been seen since somewhere back in June. We woke up this morning to another few inches of fresh. Though we had plans to head to Gunnison to ride Hartman’s Rock, the weather wasn’t motivating us to ride. But, we knew the storm’s flow wasn’t the kind that favored Crested Butte. We were torn. After some discussion, we decided to make the most of it. If we ended up tromping around in the snow, then at least we got out to enjoy the snow. If we were able to make some turns in the process, even better.
Jarrett said he had spent last night camping on Frigid Air pass, with wind and snow attacking his tent all night long. “Yeah, I didn’t get much sleep…” He confirmed our suspicions that there wasn’t much snow up by Schofield pass, but reported knee-deep near Frigid Air. Alright, to Frigid Air we would go…
No, the skiing wasn’t rad-tacular. Not by any means. But, we had some fun sliding down on our skis. The snowpack, as you can see in the pictures, is still very thin. Now matter where you ski, you’ll likely be hitting rocks or ground, even in the best wind-loaded places like Halloween Bowl. On a positive note, though, the snow that did fall is very dense, which is great for setting a good base. We just need more of it. But, storms will continue to pound us for the next couple of days. If the forecast is accurate, some mid-week pow skiing could be pretty fun! Bring on the snow! It’s ski season!