The route was modified a bit due to the weather, but the basic layout is here on the map. The climbs are in light green and the ski descents red, and the new section up and down Peak 6 isn’t even on the map (off to the right). Click to enlarge.
Against our better judgement, Christy and I headed to Breckenridge to compete in the Five Peaks race.
Earlier in the week we fully declared our intentions to pass on this years race if the weather forecast looked too rough, bad weather in Breck (known to some as “Breckenfridge”) is usually colder and windier than anywhere else. Yet even though the forecast showed a sizable winter storm for race day, we still signed up. I guess our inner masochists silenced our sensible sides. read more>>>
Or don’t even go. Here are two photos of recent natural avalanches that sum up conditions in the backcountry around Aspen. read more>>>
It’s just different up on Chair. For whatever reason, its location– between McClure, Kebler, and Schofield passes– seems to draw several times more snow than nearby mountains. I probed around high in the basin and measured 300cm , almost three times what we have in Aspen.
Christy, Joey, and I joined Al and Ruthie up at their cabin recently and we had our first full touring weekend of the winter. Even if the stability wasn’t good enough to ski some of the big lines, it was such a great couple of days of skinning and skiing. read more>>>
For the superstitious skier, it’s usually a bad idea to talk about a snow storm before it arrives.
But this ski season so far has been lacking in terms of snow, so whatever steps we’ve taken to keep from jinxing the snowfall hasn’t been effective, and there’s a storm on the way.
So I’m going to take the opposite approach and share some powder pics from earlier in the season in hopes that it brings the snow. Chris and I were in Canada in December at CMH Valemount and shot photos for Kastle’s new ski, the BMX 128, and I think we came home with a few good ones.
Here’s to the anti-jinx! read more>>>
Joey in the Pope Chute.
In need of a change of scenery after a hectic holiday stretch in Aspen, we went down to ski Silverton Mountain last weekend. They were a little light on snow, and the temps were frigid (-22F as we drove to the ski area Saturday morning), but Christy, Joey, and I still had a great time. read more>>>
The “Caderettes” from left to right: Suzanne Leydecker, May Selby, Heather Kroeger, me, Chandler Stapleton (AVSC alumni), Katie Ryan (AVSC alumni and current US Ski Team member), and John Supon, our token male and adaptive ski racer.
Last Friday morning, an email titled, “Welcome to the Caderettes” appeared in my inbox. Little did I know that a quick mention earlier in the week from our friend Rocky about participating in The Ajax Cup had actually come to fruition. I was now part of an all-girl ski racing team named after the team’s sponsor, Andrew Cader, and one of 14 ski teams that would be competing head-to-head down a giant slalom course on Aspen Mountain. read more>>>