TR: Mount Eva Ski (21 May 2015)

(Last Updated On: June 30, 2015)

As we’ve mentioned, planning what to ski and when has been a little bit of a crap-shoot this spring. Freezes that are forecasted have been not coming to fruition, and sometimes vice versa. After getting shut down due to warm temperatures and no freeze in Rocky Mountain National Park the day before, I decided to go for something mellower – a pretty much guaranteed success. That became Mount Eva, and Frank Stern was up for joining me on this outing.

It was the second day in a row of waking up to pouring rain on the Front Range. Uninspiring as it was, I hoped we’d rise above the clouds to the sun, since we now live in the Pacific Northwest afterall 😉 And that’s what we did.

Our first glimpse of Mount Eva from near Slater Lake showed it was caked in snow. This photo does not show the summit, but it does show the southern slopes.
Backcountry skiing on Mount Eva.

Skinning was hot. Really reall hot. But, the Front Range plains remained shrouded in clouds, which you can sort of see in this photo.
Frank Stern skinning near Mt. Eva

Mt. Eva’s south slopes and south couloir looked good. Here, the unobvious summit is peeking out, capped in white.
Backcountry skiing on Mount Eva.

As we gained the ridge, clouds started moving in, as predicted in the forecast. Another look at the southern slopes on Mount Eva.
Backcountry skiing on Mount Eva south slopes.

The views were still pretty good though! Looking towards Berthoud Pass.
View toward Berthoud Pass from Mount Eva.

Gray Wolf with Mount Evans and Beirstadt in the distance.
Gray Wolf seen from Mount Eva.

Torreys, Grays, Edwards and Kelso were absolutely caked.
Torreys, Grays Peak, Edwards, and Kelso seen from Mount Eva.

Frank on the summit of Mount Eva, with part of Parry Peak behind.
Frank Stern on summit of Mount Eva.

Unfortunately, the skiing was a little meh with the onset of flat light. But, you could work the skier’s left aspect near the rocks to find steeper turns and more definition. Frank.
Frank Stern backcountry skiing on Mount Eva.

Frank Stern backcountry skiing on Mount Eva.

Frank Stern backcountry skiing on Mount Eva.

The way out was pretty fun. We passed by Upper Chinn’s Lake.
Upper Chinn's Lake near Mount Eva.

An old cabin near one of the lakes.
Old cabing near lake near Mount Eva.

With a frustrating week of rain and light freezes, we were pleasantly surprised to have found good conditions on Mount Eva. The clear night allowed for a good freeze, and the afternoon storm prevented the snow from getting too hot. I was looking forward to maybe skiing something a little more challenging the next day, but was having trouble what would ski well as it was supposed to be snowing once again. Ah, the challenges this May have brought to us!

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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Mount Eva Ski (21 May 2015)
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Mount Eva Ski (21 May 2015)
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Mount Eva provides a variety of skiing options for backcountry skiers of all levels on the Front Range, in the James Peak Wilderness. Find out more!
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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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