The weather challenged everyone from the start, pictured here, all the way to the finish.
What a day….
As we drove to the start of the race in Snowmass, the storm’s intensity increased. Despite the March 1st date, it was actually raining, so heavily that our windshield wipers were on high as if we were driving through a summer thunder storm. read more>>>
It was a beautiful day for a race.
Another year, another bout of punishing weather at the Breck Five Peaks.
We haven’t had much luck timing the conditions at this event. Last year’s race course had to be modified due to cold and wind, which was so punishing we were just happy to reach the finish. It was kind of a bummer because we were looking forward to the cool tour up and down the five peaks of the massive Breckenridge ski area.
The new, must-have guidebook to Colorado backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering.
As a Colorado backcountry skier, the mere prospect of spring brings excitement. But I found myself particularly psyched for the upcoming season after poring over a copy of the new guidebook, Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains – 50 Select Ski Descents.
This book is long overdue. It’s co-authored by Ben Conners and Brian Miller, two Colorado ski mountaineers who have compiled years of first-hand experience into this new addition to the Falcon Guide series. It’s complete with full-page, color maps and detailed trip information for fifty backcountry ski and ski mountaineering routes in the state. Awesome photos accompany each route and should keep even a non-skier thumbing through the pages.
While great photography and accurate beta are requirements for any good guidebook these days, what impressed me most was the huge variety of routes described. A quick glance at the table of contents shows an impressive mix of backcountry ski lines and ski mountaineering objectives, from the straightforward and simple to the complex. And unlike some Colorado peak guides, the book doesn’t obsess over the highest summits in the state. It features 13ers and 12ers that aren’t as widely known or talked about as some of the their taller siblings, but that are every bit as worthy for skiing.
A awesome perspective from Bald Knob.
Tim phoned to say that he and some friends were heading up to McNamara Hut for the night, and that I should meet them up there. I was a bit busy with things, but since every hut trip I’ve been on has been a certifiable great time, I thought I should try to join them. read more>>>
The Broncos may have lost the Superbowl, but countless champions were crowned up in Highland Bowl this weekend. Tim scored his own title here in Filip’s Leap.
The snow arrived Thursday and began to fall at a rate we don’t often see (or at least for too long) through sometime Saturday morning. When it was all said and done, the words historic or even biblical were being thrown around to describe the snowfall and skiing. If hard numbers matter, Aspen Mountain measured 24″ in 24 hours, it was the second biggest one-day snowfall recorded in 50+ years of Highlands records, and a full three feet was up in the Bowl before we saw the sun emerge.
First off, I wanted to announce our upcoming slideshow at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, Thursday night at 8pm. Christy and I are going to present the Centennial Ski Project– what it is, what we’ve done, and what’s yet to come. Unfortunately Chris Davenport can’t attend with us, but he’ll be there in the photos. We have so many great shots from last spring it should be a good slideshow, so we’re excited for it, but also a bit nervous because Neptune’s usually draws a large crowd, and we haven’t presented on this topic before.
Come by if you can make it, or cruise by the Southern Sun afterwards and we can catch up over a beer. read more>>>