This past Friday really was a good day. Backcountry glissers all over central Colorado nailed beautiful lines while a snowstorm was building in the southern mountains. Saturday turned out better than expected for backcountry skiing, with low pressure slowly building but allowing a window of good weather that a few smart folks took advantage of (not including us). Sunday it all went crumby, with a warm wet flow bringing low clouds and too much question about how stable the huge mass of snow is that’s still hanging on Colorado’s mountainsides, just waiting for a warming event so it can crash down.
But it’s not even May yet and the big backcountry skiing lines are falling to the crew! After the spring compaction happens over the next weeks, we may see a record corn harvest. Please keep the reports coming! I’m in the midst of re-editioning Vol 1 of my Colorado 14ers guidebook, and updated ski descent info is always appreciated.
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.