Bringing in the New Year the Red Mountain Pass way

(Last Updated On: January 12, 2016)

Admittedly, Frank and I aren’t always the ones to celebrate New Year’s with a bang. Rather than have heads pounding with a headache, we’d rather get up early and head out for a nice ski – when everyone else is still asleep. This year we decided to spend our New Year’s in Silverton, soaking in some new backcountry ski terrain.

The celebration at Grumpy’s was fun. But, what was not fun was the -20 degree temperature we woke up to the next morning. We procrastinated about as much as we possibly could, waiting for the temperatures to warm. But, the best warming happened as we drove toward Red Mountain Pass, rising out of the valley and the inversion below.

It was still cold when we started, but with perfect sun, conditions warmed quickly. Good view of the Sultan while we skinned.
The Sultan near Red Mountain Pass

Near the top of our intended line:
Backcountry skiing near Red Mountain Pass.

Backcountry skiing near Red Mountain Pass.

With a few inches of fresh falling in the last 24-hours and feet of snow falling over the Christmas storm, conditions were prime. Needless to say, the skiing was great. Frank.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mtn Pass.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Natalie.
Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Natalie Moran backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Me.
Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mtn Pass.

Down lower. Me.
Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mtn Pass.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Natalie.
Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Red Mtn Pass.

Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Red Mtn Pass.

Frank.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mtn Pass.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mtn Pass.

After nearly 2000′-vert we still weren’t done. We loaded up in the car and drove a couple more miles up the pass for another tour.
Natalia Moran backcountry skiing on Red Mtn Pass.

Always fun to take a look at the views in the San Juans.
Lookout near Red Mountain Pass.

Frank dropping in.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing near Red Mtn Pass.

Blue bird skies and cold smoke pow…. A great way to bring in 2016! Happy New Year folks!

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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Backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass
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During New Year's, we headed down to Silverton, CO for some cold smoke & beautiful bluebird backcountry skiing on Red Mountain Pass!
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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 “Bringing in the New Year the Red Mountain Pass way

  • January 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm
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    Small world….I was at the Grand Imperial ion NYE as well, and skied Red Mountain Pass on the 2nd. Spent New Year’s Day up at Minihaha, just past Silverton Mountain. Steep and deep in the trees!

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