TBT: Red Mountain 3 Ski (18 March 2016)

This post is part of a Throwback Thursday series featuring trip reports that we haven’t had a chance to write about until now! Look for them at least every other Thursday!

Red Mountain Pass is one of the hot spots of backcountry skiing in the San Juans, and Red Mountain 3 is one of the more traveled peaks in this area. So, one fine March day, Frank and I went to go check it out!

“Red 3” is one of several peaks that sit on the east side of Red Mountain Pass. With a meager elevation of just under 13,000 feet, this peak still stands with grandeur, just south of its sisters Red #2 and Red #1.
Backcountry skiing on Red Mountain 3.

Navigation from the summit of Red Mountain Pass to the summit of Red Mountain 3 can be a little tricky as there are terrain trap areas that should be avoided. But once above treeline, the route becomes simpler. Frank bootpacking.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mountain 3.

Me.
Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mountain 3.

The final push to the summit held the most beautiful scenery. Frank surrounded by the majestic San Juans.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing on Red Mountain 3.

Lots of eye candy from the summit.
Backcountry skiing in the San Juans.

Backcountry skiing in the San Juans.

We then dropped in on the opposite side for some decent turns. Frank.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mountain 3.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mountain 3.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mountain 3.

Frank Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mountain 3.

Me.
Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mountain 3.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mountain 3.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mountain 3.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Red Mountain 3.

After our descent, we had to skin traverse back to our parking area, and we were joined by some people that we met while skiing that day.
Backcountry skiing on Red Mountain 3.

All in all, it was a fun day. Though this is a Throwback report, conditions in the San Juans sound like they are off the hook right now. Their snowpack was not impacted by the fog and temperatures that caused the surface hoar layer that is wreaking havoc on the pack throughput the rest of the state. So, if you’re looking to get out and get after it, you may want to venture to the majestic San Juans!

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Red Mountain 3 Ski (18 March 2016)
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Red Mountain Pass is one of the hot spots of backcountry skiing in the San Juans, and Red Mountain 3 is one of the more traveled peaks in this area. So, one fine March day, we went to go check it out!
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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!

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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