TR: Bonita Peak (19 June 2015)

(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.
Backcountry skiing on 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.
Backcountry skiing in the San Juans

It was a beautiful morning. Josh skinning in the distance with the various Red Mountains behind.
Josh Macak backcountry skiing near Bonita Peak in the San Juans.

The snow on Bonita still looked great on our climb up the peak.
Backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

The summit of Bonita was tucked back a little ways, just south of our intended ski line. So, to the summit we went.
Climbing to the summit of Bonita Peak to go backcountry skiing.

Josh and me on the summit.
On the summit of Bonita Peak.

Frank and me on the summit of Bonita Peak.
Frank & Brittany Konsella on the summit of Bonita Peak.

The skiing was great, especially for mid-June! Frank.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Natalie.
Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Josh.
Josh Macak backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Josh Macak backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Josh Macak backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Me.
Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak.

It was so good, we wanted more! So, we headed across the valley to Hurricane Peak.
Hurricane Peak

Check back tomorrow for full details of our Hurricane Peak ski!

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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We went in search of good spring corn in the San Juans, and we found a good harvest of it while backcountry skiing on Bonita Peak!
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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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