Key in Colorado at the moment is to start any backcountry skiing from as high an altitude as possible. Around here we’re limited by a bunch of closed roads, but it’s actually a fairly short drive to Vail Pass on Interstate 70, so we headed over there this past Sunday to see what Uneva Peak was like. Near total whiteout and a chilly breeze kept us from the summit, but a few laps in the trees harvested spring powder on top of a firm base.
I’d anticipate this new layer of snow providing excellent skiing over the next several days, until it melts down to the dirt layer again. Cloudy weather today, so that might delay the surface melting and give us good conditions this weekend. Till then, a few photos that capture some of the stormlight.
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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.