Everyone I saw up there this past Memorial Day weekend was smiling like a Vail ski instructor who’d just been tipped by a Saudi princess. Conditions continued to be somewhat variable at the snowpack surface, yet with most areas underpinned by a locked ‘pack that could support a Saturn rocket launch. Thus, steep terrain during the afternoon warming period was producing a few surface avalanches, but lower angled slopes could be enjoyed all day long. Exceptional for Colorado, more like the Sierra or Pacific Northwest. We spent three nights and three days up there and skied like groms digging through their older brother’s Lego box, you know, the one with a zillion pieces that took eight years to accumulate? Yep, a toy store, that’s what Independence Pass has been like, and we hope will continue to emulate. Check it out:
Online guidebook for Independence Pass backcountry skiing and snowboarding.
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.