(Last Updated On: July 1, 2015)
After having a fun day backcountry skiing at Clear Lake, we were eager to check out what else the San Juans held in store. So, on this Friday morning, we found ourselves standing at the bottom of Storm Peak in Velocity Basin. We were hoping that these north-facing lines had not fallen prone to the trend of other north facing couloirs we’d seen in the last week – slid out and runneled from the heat and rain. But, alas, our hopes would not be the truth. So, we turned around with our tails between our legs, in search of a plan B.
We followed the snow. The white and smooth snow that is. And that led us to Bonita Peak.
The good thing about the San Juans in the spring is the ease of access. This road got us pretty high, and it was just a short walk to continous snow.
It was a beautiful morning. Josh skinning in the distance with the various Red Mountains behind.
The snow on Bonita still looked great on our climb up the peak.
The summit of Bonita was tucked back a little ways, just south of our intended ski line. So, to the summit we went.
Josh and me on the summit.
Frank and me on the summit of Bonita Peak.
The skiing was great, especially for mid-June! Frank.
It was so good, we wanted more! So, we headed across the valley to Hurricane Peak.
Check back tomorrow for full details of our Hurricane Peak ski!