(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.
But then we saw glimmers of hope. Larry, with Big Agnes behind – and lifting clouds.
Onward we went. Larry skinning with the west face of Big Agnes Mountain towering above.
Unnamed 11,777, AKA the Batwing.
A look back at Little Agnes.
We booted most of the way up the west face of Big Agnes Mountain. Larry.
We didn’t summit. But, when we got to the top of our line, we peered over the ridge to this….
Looking east (Yep, that side is skiable on Big Agnes too).
A closer view of Mount Zirkel.
The ski was pretty fun. Larry.
A couple more shots of Big Agnes Mountain on the way out.
Happy, after a good day’s work.
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!