While we were down in the ‘Juans experiencing our own version of Colorado’s "spring," Mike Marolt and friends were doing this:
“WOW! Sat & Sun were the best backcountry skiing I have had in a very long time. We skied west Pearl chutes on Sat, and they really surprised me. They are a bit steeper than the Castle Couloir, and about 2000 feet to the valley. Got it with smooth hard snow and 4 inches of powder. Then climbed up and skied Mace Peak and we have never had it any better. Top to bottom smooth with the same powder. On Sunday tried to get up that chute north of the east face of Castle…but when we got into the thing it was waist deep mush. So skied back down the valley with awesome powder and then headed back up to west Pearl and then another chute off of Mace. It was full-on winter and 6” to a foot of cold dry powder. ‘best, Mike”
|And above photo came in today from Ted Mahon. The picture is from THIS MORNING backcountry skiing near Independence Pass, Colorado, skiing (and prancing) Geissler Peak.
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.