TBT: Powder Factory (26 March 2019)

(Last Updated On: April 16, 2020)

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 on Thursdays!

Well, things are a little crazy in this Coronavirus bizzaro world, for sure. We’ll be writing more about that later. But, for now, we are taking time to post throwbacks on a backlog of adventures we’ve had in the mountains. Last season was a great season. So much that we were too busy skiing to write much about it. Now, we have some time to write. So, here we go…

In late February / early March, one of the biggest avalanche cycles happened in Colorado that we have in recorded history. It was state-wide, avalanches causing havoc during the cycle and causing numerous access issues for the rest of the spring and into summer. Even as I was able to start hiking in the fall after my accident in July, we crossed avalanche paths that still had not been cleared. So, we patiently waited for the snowpack to settle. Perhaps I was overly conservative. But, I didn’t backcountry ski from when we returned from our ski trip to Germany and Austria on March 8th until March 26th.

When I did finally ski, I met up with my two adventure friends, Larry and Zach for a little Powder Factory action. And it was good….

The morning skin was icy and firm, and somewhat difficult at times.
backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

But we made it to the ridge in quick time where wonderful mountain views greeted us.
backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

Though the snow was firm on our ascent, the refrigeration effect of the north aspect kept the snow we intended to ski quite nice. Zach dropping in.
backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

Larry.
backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

And a couple of me near the bottom.
backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

backcountry skiing in the Powder Factory

What can I say? It was a fun day in the Powder Factory πŸ™‚
Brittany Konsella, Zach Taylor, Larry Fontaine.

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate πŸ™‚ 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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Powder Factory (26 March 2019)
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Powder Factory (26 March 2019)
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Once the snowpack settled after large avalanche cycle that struck the mountains of Colorado in 2019, the Powder Factory delivered exactly what it was named.
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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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