Adventures of a Colorado (non) Native

By:  Ben
May 30, 2011


But…more snow came the next day accompanied by typical Colorado winds. With the entire avy rose at considerable we opted for some less exposed skiing out of the same trailhead. I ripped out a ~10’ slab that was about a foot deep a few turns before this picture was taken. Sure happy to be in the trees.

But we were careful and enjoyed the snow up high.

Around 10,000’ it started to feel a bit more like spring. Laura was hungry so she had a snack of mashed potatoes.

Fortunately we had another storm to freshen things up, but this one came with more wind than the last. For another few days we were relegated to mellow terrain with beautiful views.

Minor wind-loading? Those sure aren’t clouds.


Within a few days the snow stabilized and we were back up at the peak we were eyeing earlier in the week. This time the weather was the limiting factor.

Laura shields her eyes from the sun on the continental divide.

Luckily she found a face shot to dim the light.

A little sun came out on the next run.

But I, too, got lost in the white room.

The storms just wouldn’t let up and Laura started to get frustrated that she could never see where she was going.

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8 Comments

  1. K_C
    wrote on May 31st, 2011 at 10:35 am  
    1

    Awesome TR Noah! Looks like you guys are enjoying yourselves out there.

    • Noah
      wrote on May 31st, 2011 at 11:43 pm  
      2

      Thanks KC, it’s been a phenomenal season out here. You and Greg should come visit if you’re getting the urge come July…

  2. Skimohr
    wrote on May 31st, 2011 at 2:38 pm  
    3

    Nice report guys. I was skiing up in the Indian Peaks late last week, a zone I used to ski frequently while living in Boulder through the 90s… I can’t believe how chock full those mountains still are this year! No doubt, the snowpack is still full of surprises…but June is going to be epic. It will be a good month to get to bed early… Be safe and have fun out there.

    • Noah
      wrote on June 1st, 2011 at 12:20 am  
      4

      Glad you got to experience the snow firsthand, it’s been a phenomenal season and the higher peaks aren’t showing many signs of melting yet. We were up by the Maroon Bells this past weekend and they’ve got significantly more than the Front Range. Shouldn’t be hard to get 12 months this year!

  3. Porter Haney
    wrote on May 31st, 2011 at 5:26 pm  
    5

    Great write up, Noah. Glad to have you.

    Always fun to pack up the car and root around somewhere new. Keep it up!

    • Noah
      wrote on May 31st, 2011 at 11:47 pm  
      6

      Sure is, you’ve got to mix it up sometimes. Although after skiing that April 8-9 storm in Utah I’m thinking SLC wouldn’t have been a bad option either! You guys have got it pretty good this year.

  4. Max
    wrote on June 1st, 2011 at 4:06 am  
    7

    Pretty awesome Noah, beautiful pictures. Hope I get to see more of the front range through you soon…

  5. Peter
    wrote on June 1st, 2011 at 8:06 am  
    8

    Endless Winter, keep it coming!

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