In the North Couloir of Castle Peak– a fall classic.
We skied Castle Peak’s North Couloir last weekend, an early season favorite of mine. 14er ski descents are usually reserved for the spring months, but there are exceptions. Wet weather in Aspen during the autumn months falls as snow in Castle’s Montezuma Basin, and reasonably good skiing can be had up there as early as late September. The North Couloir is a bit more finicky in the early season read more>>>
Route: North Face
Team: Christy, Ted, Chris Davenport, Scott Rinckenberger
Riding a wave.
If you haven’t been tuned into the Centennial Skiers Project, to sum it up quickly I’ll say it’s been a really good spring. Christy, Dav, and I (along with an assortment of friends) crisscrossed the state, skiing high-13er summits day after day. Not only has it been really productive, but it also rated pretty high on the old fun meter. read more>>>
Spring is here. The busy work season is winding down, the backcountry snowpack is deeper and more stable– this is often the time we get to pursue our personal skiing goals. I have to say we’re really looking forward to this next objective.
Christy, Chris Davenport, and I are setting out to ski the Centennials. Put simply, the 100 tallest mountains in Colorado are called the Centennial Peaks. Fifty-three of them are 14ers, and the other 47 are the tallest of the 13ers. The three of us— having already skied the 14ers— are aiming for the remaining Centennials, to ultimately ski the 100 tallest mountains in the state. read more>>>
The start of the loop course. Photo courtesy of the Aspen Daily News
Thanks to everyone involved for getting last nights ski mountaineering (skimo) race off successfully. Donning headlamps and the lightest touring gear they could find, about 30 people, a majority of whom were women, lined up for the 5:30pm start. It was the first of a series of four races to take place at Aspen Highlands this season, and hopefully many seasons to come.
The poster says it all. See you at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder next Thursday.
Christy and Dav make their way up Mount Baker's Coleman-Deming route.
Our 2011-12 ski season salvage operation has come to a close. Two weeks in Canada and a week in the Northwest helped make up for the somewhat lackluster winter we had in Aspen. Now it’s time for summer.
There’s a small chance we’ll ski again here in Colorado, but for now, Christy and I figure Mount Baker was our last day of this year’s season. It was a good last run.
Five of us– Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan, Ian Fohrman, Christy, and I– along with some other locals who joined us for the day, climbed and skied the Coleman-Deming route. It’s a trade route of sorts, but clearly a preferred ski route as well, at least judging by the dozens of other skiers up there with us. Like many of the peaks we visited over the week, the massive vertical of the ski (~8,000 feet) gave us all types of snow– frozen up top, softening in the middle, and corn down low. It skied better and better the further down we went, and we had snow all the way to the trailhead.
Not only was it our last run of the year, but it was also the last run of the Volcano Tour. Before we skied, as the five of us sat on the 10,770 foot summit on yet another perfect day, we were talking about how all good things must come to an end. If that’s really the case, then I think we picked a great final day. read more>>>