|Headed up to Independence Pass again this morning. Quick hike up Blue Peak, hit a couloir on the east side, then climb it again for a nice 2,000 verts backcountry skiing down to parking. First time out with Ted Mahon, an Aspen local who leads a full life of aerobic challenge such as 100 mile running races and skiing dozens of fourteeners (he’s up to 40 something). That’s Ted in the photo above, on Blue Peak east side. The guy can climb fast and ski well, what more do you need?
Since Ted teaches skiing, I figured we’d put him to work. This shot is taken on the south slopes of Blue. Snowmass Mountain and Mount Sopris in background. Louie getting some tips.
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.