(Last Updated On: May 10, 2011)
After our successful day on Pyramid’s Landry Line, Brittany and I were looking to do some more skiing somewhere in the Roaring Fork Valley. Pyramid had tired us out, both mentally and physically, so objectives like Thunder Pyramid and Cathedral were out. A few suggestions were made, but ultimately when Jordan suggested Sopris, we were instantly in, since it fit the bill perfectly as something fairly quick, easy, and fun. An added bonus for this trip was Lou Dawson deciding to join us as well. We’ve been trying to get together with the 14er pioneer for years on a tour, so it was nice to finally make it happen.
Though not even a thirteener at 12,953′, the twin Sopris summits tower over 6,000′ above the Crystal and Roaring Fork river valleys, making Sopris appear much taller than it is. Our intended descent route was the Laundry chutes, seen here from the scrub oak halfway up the mountain.
All in all, it was exactly the kind of day we were looking for. A fun and aesthetic climb, a steep powdery couloir, bonus corn skiing, and all with great people. Thanks Lou and Jordan!
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