I’d been wanting this one for years. Had skied a subpeak of Sievers decades ago, but knew of beautiful lines that drop to Maroon Creek. Bob Perlmutter had the best one on his list — he’d been “looking at it from Highlands ski area for 20 years.” Bob, myself and Pete Anzalone took the Yamaha up Maroon Creek Road a few miles, then slugged it out 3,500 vert to the summit. The weather was so perfect for corn skiing that half way down we re-skinned and skied another sub-summit for a bonus 1,300 vert. One of the best spring skiing days I’ve seen in my life. Windless bluebird day with cool ambient temps, excellent snow surfaces, great partners and a super aesthetic line.
|Bob drops in, Pete above. I’d skied off the summit and entered via a different area, for a good camera angle.|
|There was no question, I had to blog this shot of the Perl. Is he having fun? Must be those Garmont Axon boots, Fritschi Freeride bindings and Goode skis — or perhaps it’s the terrain — or all of the above.|
|Our lines for the day. Please click image for enlargement.|
|Pete about midway up the first climb. That’s famed Pyramid Peak in the background. Please click image for enlargement.|
|So you can plan your own trip…|
|Check out the view of Pyramid Peak!! Click for enlarged version.|
|Pete on the upper section. Check out the background — infinite ski lines, many can be easily accessed from the Maroon Creek Road.|
|View of Sievers Mountain from Highlands ski area.|
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.