June Skiing Wrap-Up: Baldy & Ruby (19 & 26 June 2014)

(Last Updated On: July 9, 2014)

Some people’s ski season ends when the lifts stop turning. Others may go for a couple more weeks, but quickly transition to the bike. But, for me – I keep skiing until the skiing is no longer good. And, for this year, it’s stayed good all through June 🙂

Baldy

I headed out with Jenny to ski Baldy in the latter part of mid-June. We’d skied the east side the week prior, and decided to ski both the west and the south sides this time.

Jenny climbing toward the top of Baldy with Gothic and the valley below.
Jenny climbing Baldy

Once we gained the ridge, we followed it to the south looking for the snowy entrance into the the west side. Jenny walking with Treasury behind.
Jenny on Baldy with Treasury behind.

The west side was still caked with good snow.
West side of Baldy

The skiing was surprisingly good. Me.
Brittany Konsella skiing Baldy

Jenny.
Jenny Veilleux skiing Baldy

Jenny Vielleux skiing Baldy with Purple behind.

Jenny Veilleux skiing Baldy with Treasure and Purple behind.

We then ascended the south western ridge to gain our way back to the top. Jenny skinning.
Jenny skinning up Baldy

Once we reached the ridge, we dropped in to the south side. Me.
Brittany skiing Baldy

Brittany Konsella skiing Baldy

Brittany Konsella skiing the south side of Baldy

We skied all the way until the snow ran out. Jenny.
Jenny Veilleux skiing the south side of Baldy

We had a little walking to do at the end, but it wasn’t bad.

Jenny hiking down Baldy

Admittedly, the snow was a bit rough on the south side of Baldy – Lots of places were lumpy, bumpy, and runnely. I was beginning to thing that ski season might actually be coming to a close. But, there were a few more things I still wanted to do. One of them was Ruby……

Ruby

I’d hoped to sneak in a run on the south side of Ruby before the season ended. But, as we drove past Irwin and gazed upon Ruby itself, it became immediately clear that we weren’t going to be skiing the south side. Okay, north side it is!

Glacier lilies – always a sign that ski season is coming to an end. Also, as I recently found out, glacier lilies are edible, and fairly sweet!
Glacier Lilies

Green lake was still partially frozen, but littered with dirt. This is likely a result of the huge avalanche that naturally released earlier in the spring.
Green Lake by Ruby near Crested Butte, CO

At the top of Ruby, we gazed back upon Owen. The crown from the old avalanche was very obvious.
Owen from the summit of Ruby

Looking west, we looked into summer. Marcellina & the Raggeds.
Marcellina from the summit of Ruby

We only had a small strip of snow to work with for the first couple hundred feet. We made the most of it 😉 Jenny.
Jenny skiing Ruby

Jenny Veilleux skiing Ruby with Owen behind.

But, then it opened up, and the snow was pretty good!
Jenny Veilleux skiing the north side of Ruby

Me.
Brittany skiing the north side of Ruby

We kept going down to Green Lake. Jenny.
Jenny with Green Lake

Me.
Brittany skiing Ruby with Green Lake below.

Jenny, on the lower pitch.
Jenny skiing Ruby

Jenny with Copley Lake in the distance.
Jenny skiing Ruby with Copley Lake behind

When the snow ran out, we paused to enjoy the nearby waterfall as is cascaded over a cliff band.
Jenny with a waterfall near Ruby

Then, we walked a little ways back to our car. It was hot. So dang hot, that Jenny decided to jump in for a little swim at Irwin Lake before we headed back to town.
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“I guess it’s time for summer,” I said to Jenny. “But, we gotta do one last ski first…. 🙂 ” Stay tuned for more!

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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