Okay you guys, yeah, turns were made. Montezuma basin (between Crested Butte and Aspen), be there this weekend and join the crowd. Road is snowmobile-able if you truck up a mile or so from the pavement. Hard core sledders could ride up above timberline (on the road of course, which is legal, please stay out of cherry stemmed Wilderness to either side). Skiing on the permanent snowfield was knee deep recycled pow. It’ll get tracked up but still ski well. Beware of rocks when you’re off the snowfield. Wear knee pads and helmet if you tend to bring that stuff (wish I’d brought mine instead of leaving on the sled).
Oh, one other thing, a few trees have fallen over the Pearl Pass approach road. Bring a chain saw or at least a hand saw if you’re going mechanized.
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.