(Last Updated On: August 14, 2011)
The weekend in Marble was hot. Yet snow lingered in the mountains above us, taunting Kim and I. It wasn’t hard to convince Kim to make a stop in Crested Butte to join me in some summer turns before heading back to Boulder. Besides, I had yet to get my August ski.
Although we knew the Wine Bottle couloirs were still in, as I posted a picture of them in the Marble TR, we weren’t in for a long day. We wanted nice and short. Earlier in the week I had seen my friend post a picture of Mt. Owen on Facebook, showing a lot of snow. Owen’s access is quick and easy, and the Jenga Chute (marked on the photo) was still good to go. So, that was our line of choice for the day.
Photo by Tom Runcie
As we headed up the dirt road past Lake Irwin, it became increasingly rough. The road is in bad shape this year from late snowmelt and trucks getting on it too early. We could not make it all the way to the base of Mt. Owen, but we got close enough. Our first glimpse of the basin that lies between Owen and Purple.
Photo by Kim Ross
As we neared the end of our line, we transitioned back to hiking shoes and headed back to the car, which we reached only 4 hours after leaving. Though the snow was not very smooth, it’s consistency was good. Still, they were good August turns. It’s still ski season 🙂 Thanks Kim for joining me on another day in the mountains!
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