TR: Hagar Mountain (20 March 2015)

(Last Updated On: April 25, 2015)

I first skied Hagar over 8 years ago. I was with my friend Dave. Our original intention was to ski the neighboring Citadel. But, clouds moved in and a white-out ensued. Without Dave’s GPS, we surely would have had no idea where the mountain actually was. Part way up Citadel, visibility was basically non-existent. We decided to back off and retreated to Hagar. Why did we try to ski this when we couldn’t even make it up Citadel? Dave had a “couloir” in mind. The couloir would provide some visibility.

In the end, it turned out to be a fantastic ski for the day. So, when Hagar got brought during a discussion while Frank, Gary, and I were discussing what to ski the next day, I jumped on it. It was high, which is something we were looking for with hopes of a good freeze during the warm nights we were having, and it was southeast facing, which meant we should find good corn.

The trail head right off I-70 isn’t necessarily ideal.
Dry Gulch trailhead near I70.

But, I-70 is quickly left behind as we entered into the alpine.
Backcountry skiing in Colorado.

Skinning in the Colorado backcountry

Our gang for the day- Dan, Gary, Alex, Frank – and of course me, who was taking the photo 🙂
Backcountry skiers in Colorado

The skinning continued. Frank.
Frank Konsella skinning to Hagar Mountain.

Our destination- Hagar Mountain. Nice to actually see the mountain this day – much different than my experience 8 years prior.
Hagar Mountain

We ascended to the ridge and the views of the Gore Range were magnificent.
Gore Range seen from Hagar Mountain.

After skinning most of the way, we made our final push to the summit by bootpacking.
Bootpacking to the summit of Hagar Mountain.

Gray’s and Torrey’s in the distance.
Gray's and Torrey's - Fourteeners in Colorado.

Hagar Mountain is easily spotted from Loveland ski area. So, of course, we were able to spot Loveland from the mountain.
Loveland ski area seen from Hagar Mountain.

The last bit of the climb was especially fun.
Summit of Hagar Mountain in Colorado.

Frank on the summit.
Frank Konsella on summit of Hagar

Then, the skiing. Alex.
Alex backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Alex backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Gary.
Gary Fondl backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Gary Fondl backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Gary Fondl backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Frank.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Me.
Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

That run was soooooo good that we decided to stick around and do another. Destination #2 – Citadel.Citadel in Colorado.

But wait! As the boys rounded the corner, they spotted it. The Boomerang – or a variation of it anyways. That’s what I skied with my friend Dave 8 years before. Although I really wanted to ski Citadel, which I hadn’t skied before, I couldn’t deny that the skiing on the Boomerang looked far better. So, back up Hagar we went.
Boomerang on Hagar Mountain.

Frank decided to kill us all by putting in an insanely steep skin track. A picture of it later in the day.
Skin track on Hagar Mountain.

I decided booting was better.
Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountian.

A few shots from where the skinning was less steep.
Skinning on Hagar Mountain.

Dan with Citadel behind.
Dan with Citadel behind.

The skiing on the first run was great. But, it was even better on the second! Gary dropping in.
Gary Fondly backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Alex.
Alex backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Alex backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Dan.
Dan backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Dan backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Frank.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

Me.
Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Hagar Mountain.

It was fun to relive memories from 8 years ago and great to be able to actually see the peak I was skiing this time. It was another fantastic day of skiing on Hagar Mountain and a great way to welcome in the Spring!

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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Hagar Mountain is full of great options for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Have a look at some of these options in this report!
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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!

2 thoughts on “TR: Hagar Mountain (20 March 2015)

  • April 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm
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    Love the skin track shot for your second run. A straight line up, overlayed with a zig zag, hahahah.

  • April 11, 2015 at 5:02 pm
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    The top little bit of warming snow was peeling off, to an extent, when sidehilling. I often find in conditions like that that it’s easier to leave the skins flat and go straight, especially with grippy snow. So yeah, I was going straight up. Not sure who decided the put in switchbacks.

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