(Last Updated On: December 7, 2011)
When the pickings are slim, the slim start picking new lines. Or something like that. Typical thin early season conditions, combined with a lot of wind, have made for some rough conditions, both for skiing and avalanche stability, all over Colorado. The few sheltered areas that are easily accessible and have enough snow to ski are getting skied with regularity, further limiting the options. So, rather than follow the herd, Zach, Adrienne, Scott and I ended up picking a zone that looked safe and different from the norm. It ended up being a great tour, despite the variable conditions.
We had a surprisingly good time on the long long run from Mouse House ridge to the valley floor. There is a little snow in the forecast, so we can only hope for improvement in the snowpack. Zach and I had a great run today in the same area, and meanwhile I’ll be switching gears and climbing a little ice down in Silverton. More on that later. Support 14erskiers: Save Up to 60% at the Eastern Mountain Sports Outlet Store