(Please note, this TR covers our Monday adventure, but publication got delayed because of a snafu and another ski expedition. Take my word for it, the snow in Marble is now baked down mank. Don’t go. Ski Aspen Mountain instead.)
Yeah, I know, day five was going to be Eagle bindings. Shucks, that got delayed (look for it in a few days). Instead…
This past Sunday was a crazy thaw day that most avalanche prognosticators rated “considerable” on into Monday, since a rowdy winter storm on the horizon was figured to drop a boatload of snow on top of a thawing and unstable midpack. They were correct about the new precip, but somehow the dishrag mank held steady, and the new snow stuck to the old surface like epoxy on cardboard. Thus, with our son Louie still home from Pacific Northwest college and jonesing for more backcountry two planking, pursuit of smokey COLORADO powder was our destiny.
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.