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ski touring at mount charleston


MKGreen · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 15

I skied lift service at Lee on 3/11 after receiving 4 inches. Only half of Lee was open due to lack of snow and it was melting quickly. I haven’t checked out Kyle Canyon this winter but my guess is there isn’t much coverage there. Just checked the camera at Lee and looks like the current weather event isn’t bringing fluffy white snow - a mix at the best.

Sierras or Tushars are looking like a much better bet.

l rs · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 380
Will Doucette wrote:

Spring 2018

Is there snow up there?

Rained yesterday at Lee

Mark T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2018 · Points: 0

Anyone think there is enough snow yet to attempt skiing from the actual Charleston Peak summit? I was thinking of trying via the South Loop trail, starting with boots/crampons and moving to skins when the snow allows. I have avalanche and skinning gear, but no harness or ropes. My tentative plan is to ski the main chute until it cliffs out and then climb/skin back up to the summit and ski back down the south loop trail to the car.

Does anyone have an experience on a similar route or input?

Thanks!
-Mark

Jonathan Zamora · · Henderson, NV · Joined May 2014 · Points: 10

Went to just above 7000 feet yesterday and only about an inch of snow and melting.  So I would not bet on it.

sqwirll · · Las Vegas · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,365
Jonathan Zamora wrote: Went to just above 7000 feet yesterday and only about an inch of snow and melting.  So I would not bet on it.

Considering that was about the snow line, that's not a shocker.  The Snotel gauge at Bristlecone is showing 14" of base, so I'm guessing there's probably 3' on the summit of Charleston.  You better have your avy game dialed if you go up there though.  The main chute has a huge starting zone that funnels into a slot canyon at the bottom.

Mark T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2018 · Points: 0

Thanks for the info!

I’ve hiked all around there in the summer, but haven’t ventured out in the winter yet. I think I have at least a general idea what to expect for travel other than the first third or so of the South Loop trail.

Hiking boots and crampons? Snowshoes? Or might the trail have enough snow to skin up it from the beginning? I know I’ll just have to go there and find out, just seeing if anyone has any relevant experience to help me plan equipment.

Thanks!
-Mark 

Alex Milhous · · Pyongyang, Korea · Joined 30 days ago · Points: 0

Hey all, catching up on this thread and a few others that are pretty old. Moved to Vegas from Colorado, really interested in the local back country, I have a lot of winter mountaineering great but haven't applied it to snowboarding out here yet.

I'll check out lee canyon and do some scouting from there, but would love to compile gps pins/routes and then rehost it

Seperate question, Splitboard or snow shoes?

Joe Wysznski · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 222
Alex Milhous wrote: Hey all, catching up on this thread and a few others that are pretty old. Moved to Vegas from Colorado, really interested in the local back country, I have a lot of winter mountaineering great but haven't applied it to snowboarding out here yet.

I'll check out lee canyon and do some scouting from there, but would love to [[]]compile gps pins/routes and then rehost it

Seperate question, Splitboard or snow shoes?
  • Go splitboard if you have one. Even with snow shoes you'll post hole past your knees. That becomes tiring quickly. Back country still needs another storm to fill in the big fallen trees in the chutes. It's looking good though 

Sean Mathis · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

I’m up there on the weekends.  I’m from Park City and moved here last year.  I Splitboard as well along with avi certs.  There is some decent low angle lines along bristlecone trail I’ve skinned recently with my dogs.  Love to meet up with anyone, feel free to give me shout. 801-300-9291.  Sean

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