(Last Updated On: April 28, 2014)
Some areas you ski a lot. Others quite seldom. Beckwith falls under the latter for me, with the small exception of the “coinslot area”. It’s a really intriguing mountain, but it’s a long way away, with a weird snowpack (sometimes), and the best looking lines are often cliffed out. Despite all that, Pete Sowar and I decided it was time for another reconnaissance to the Beckwiths, with no particular objective in mind. After several missteps on the sleds getting to anything interesting, we finally got somewhere with potential.
Once we finally navigated our way into this upper basin, the access was actually great. I think I may actually be able to remember this route for future use, tricky as it is.
Pete was being a show-off with his ski crampons, taking the steep skin line in from off of West Beckwith.
There was no danger of wet slabs this day, however. Despite our adventures in snowmobile routefinding getting us to the summit well after noon, the north facing bowl was still frozen solid. Usually you can assume that a sunny day in late April will thaw things out as some point, but not this day. We took our time on the summit, but still ended up skiing icy conditions on a fairly steep bowl. Here, Pete makes it look better than it was:
All told, the bowl and the bonus couloir were approximately 2,200 vertical feet, making this a pretty solid descent that I’d like to do again in better conditions.
“I don’t always ski with a whippet, but when I’m skiing bulletproof ice in 50 degree couloirs, I choose to ski with a whippet”– World’s most interesting skier