|Louie Dawson, this morning, Grizzly Chute,
Sawatch Mountains, Colorado. Backcountry skiing adventure.
|Grizzly Peak as viewed from Blue Peak near Independence Pass, Colorado. Grizzly Chute is the obvious line. This Colorado classic has been skied since at least the late 1950s, when Bil Dunaway (former owner of Aspen Times, 10th Mountain Vet, first ski descent Mount Blanc) made it a tradition to chute Grizzly every spring. Rated D9 (one short 45 degree section at top, most of couloir about 40 degrees, no terrain obstacles, safe runout).
Louie and I want to thank the crew today for being such terrific mountain companions. Ted, Aron, Bob, Sean, Steve — thanks boys! The Dawsons are off to the San Juans the next few days, probably no blogging ’till we return, but you never know for sure.
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.