Baldy – Camel Humps 11.15.15

(Last Updated On: November 19, 2015)

While skiing with Alex on my first day of the 2105 season, I couldn’t help but notice a chute on Baldy that looked filled in and ready to go. I’ve noticed the chute before, but usually the top is blown out from the prevailing West winds. This year, however, the winds have been just a little different, so the line was in. Brittany had just been to the nearby WSCU bowl on Baldy, so we decided to check it out.

We skinned up to the the summit ridge, then followed it towards the line.
mount baldy crested butte backcountry skiing

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The top of the line is between two small summits (in fact, it’s right off of Baldy’s actual summit). Brittany decided the line should be called the Camel Humps couloir. Meanwhile, this fun line on the East side that Pete Sowar and I skied a couple of years ago wasn’t looking quite filled in.
mount baldy

Over on the Camel Humps, however, the skiing was good. It’s a fun line.
skiing paradise divide

brittany konsella skiing


brittany konsella backcountry

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The light with the incoming storm was really spectacular. It almost felt like the low-light conditions found in Alaska or somewhere else farther north.

baldy backcountry skiing

I think it’s a nice early season line when it has enough snow:
camel humps couloir mount baldy crested butte colorado

So far, 2015 hasn’t been the best early season- but it certainly isn’t the worst. It’s pretty good out there. Other parts of Colorado are faring even better than we are here in Crested Butte. In any case, other storms are lining up- and that’s always a good thing.

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Frank Konsella

Frank loves snow more than anything... except his wife.  He ensures his food is digested properly by chewing it 32 times before swallowing.He is a full-time real estate agent serving Crested Butte and Gunnison and would be honored to send you his monthly newsletter.

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Baldy. 11.15.15
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Baldy. 11.15.15
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Skiing Mount Baldy in the Elk range outside Crested Butte CO
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Frank Konsella

Frank loves snow more than anything... except his wife.    He ensures his food is digested properly by chewing it 32 times before swallowing. He is a full-time real estate agent serving Crested Butte and Gunnison and would be honored to send you his monthly newsletter.

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