TR: Big Agnes Mountain Ski (12 April 2016)

(Last Updated On: May 9, 2016)

When doing research about backcountry skiing in the Steamboat Springs area, I was instantaneously intrigued by Big Agnes Mountain. I mean, who wouldn’t want to ski a cool looking peak that is the namesake of one of my most favorite outdoor companies? (I’ve been a huge proponent Big Agnes for 10 years). But the Zirkels were such a mystery to me…

The mystery started to become unlocked with our ski on Little Agnes. I knew I would back to ski the big one. Big Agnes was calling my name! Two months later, to the day, I would return.

The weather was not looking so promising at the start.
Backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

But then we saw glimmers of hope. Larry, with Big Agnes behind – and lifting clouds.
Backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

Onward we went. Larry skinning with the west face of Big Agnes Mountain towering above.
Backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

Unnamed 11,777, AKA the Batwing.
Backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

A look back at Little Agnes.
Little Agnes Mountain.

We booted most of the way up the west face of Big Agnes Mountain. Larry.
Backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain

We didn’t summit. But, when we got to the top of our line, we peered over the ridge to this….
Brittany Konsella with Mount Zirkel behind.

Looking east (Yep, that side is skiable on Big Agnes too).
Looking east from Big Agnes.

A closer view of Mount Zirkel.
Mount Zirkel, Colorado.

The ski was pretty fun. Larry.
Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

Me.
Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

Larry again.
Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain.

A couple more shots of Big Agnes Mountain on the way out.
Backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain

Backcountry skiing Big Agnes Mountain

Happy, after a good day’s work.
Brittany Walker Konsella with Big Agnes Mountain behind.

We began our day in the clouds and ended it in sun. You just don’t know until you go! Thanks to Larry for another good time out!


If you go, you may want to sent up a basecamp at Mica Lake. Our favorite tent for such things is the Big Agnes Foidel!

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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Tucked away in the Zirkel Wilderness, Big Agnes Mountain holds a wealth of options for backcountry skiing enthusiasts. 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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