who ski'd CO this month?


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Stiles · · the Mountains · Joined May 2003 · Points: 520

Anybody been playing off piste in the sunshine state lately? Looking for a challenge...

Jon H · · MD/DC · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 13

Youre late. My buddies were making fresh turns on Pikes Peak in August.

James T · · Livermore · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 20
Stiles wrote:...in the sunshine state?
Florida backcountry?
Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 105
James T wrote: Florida backcountry?
Sunshine state
James T · · Livermore · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 20

I'm just major jel that there are places with fresh August tracks and I don't live there.

Stiles · · the Mountains · Joined May 2003 · Points: 520

Alright, alright... Any yall go-getters been making turns in Colorful Colorado lately? Shirley, there must be some way-offseason schleppin and schralpin going on

Seth Jones · · New Lenox, IL · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 5

Is it really necessary to have 2 threads about this?

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/sept-co-skiing/112182484#a_112182755

Stiles · · the Mountains · Joined May 2003 · Points: 520

Am I cluttering the system? Forgive me for riffling feathers! Tough customers... I reckon I'm glad to not be looking for partners.

Specifically, Seth, one thread is looking for advice; the other is looking for others' experiences. So far, there's not been much positive input. Rumor of some permanent 'snow' on Mt Massive might be worth checking out. Only a trace in RMNP, so I hear. Perhaps some alpinist has laid eyes on Lamb's Slide or some other juicy morsel of alpine ice that has a fresh skiff of snow on it?

I am driving Thursday night and skiing Something on Friday, likely with an ice axe in hand. I'll report my findings

Thanks for the bump!

Seth Jones · · New Lenox, IL · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 5

In a climbing forum, 2 posts within 12 hours about skiing CO in Sept are generally going to draw the attention of the same people :)

As for positive input, I think we all know there are turns to be had but it's the same garbage that can be skied every Sept so there's not much to say about it.

Regardless, good luck gettin some turns in.

Eric Klammer · · Boulder, CO · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 1,430

Skied Skyscraper a week or so ago, quite the adventure! A loose gully to snow/rock chimney downclimb, to survival skiing steep massive runnels and suncups to finally 4 or 5 nice turns down the lower apron. Yeehaw! Thinking about doing a little exploring tomorrow as a small portion of the Gore area looks like it got hit pretty hard.

Skyscraper!

September shredding.

Stiles · · the Mountains · Joined May 2003 · Points: 520

Looks pretty good, Eric. Where is this ice patch? I am unfamiliar

jleining · · CO · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 8
James T wrote: Florida backcountry?
I'm glad someone else called this out! Colorado's nickname is the Centennial State.
Andy Novak · · Golden, Co · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 5
Stiles wrote:Looks pretty good, Eric. Where is this ice patch? I am unfamiliar
Its called the Challenger Glacier and Skyscraper Glacier. Google. Don't try to ski Lambslide in September. You'll die.
Eric Klammer · · Boulder, CO · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 1,430
Stiles wrote:Looks pretty good, Eric. Where is this ice patch? I am unfamiliar
Rollins pass area. I think the best access is from Winter Park. Nice, easy approach somewhere in the area of 45 minutes.

Info on Skyscraper "Glacier" and other summer spots.
Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 105

Just remember it's getting to that time of year when the nights are pretty frosty, and some of these places will be changing over to alpine ice in spots. Proceed with caution!

Faulted Geologist · · Lawrence, KS · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 8
Stiles wrote:Alright, alright... Any yall go-getters been making turns in Colorful Colorado lately? Shirley, there must be some way-offseason schleppin and schralpin going on
I'm sorry, there is nothing to ski, and don't call me Shirley.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KM2K7sV-K74
nomadwolf360 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 0

Indeed! Skied Andrews Glacier on Sunday. A nice 3-4 inches on top of the glacier. I think these glaciers are great places to go to get out the early season yee yaws. The base is deep, and with a little fresh on top it's magnificent! Much better than leaning back and praying at Butler Gulch in my book.

Walking on the divide.

Four inches of fresh on top of a glacier.

Nice snow on the edges of Andrews.

Opening up the season at Andrew's Glaciers.

Making our way up Flattop for the loop over to Andrews.

J1. · · Boulder, Colorado · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 465
nomadwolf360 wrote: I think these glaciers are great places to go to get out the early season yee yaws.
I agree!! Nice work!

Andrews Glacier 10/18/13

Andrews Glacier 10/31/15

In good conditions you can sometimes skin up from below Zowie..
Stiles · · the Mountains · Joined May 2003 · Points: 520

Skyscraper off Rollins Pass Friday was decent descent. Twas pouring rain in a cloud up there,not much visibility at all. Snow was pretty flat, and the rain made the surface nice n soft. Steep, real turns had pretty easily from the truck. Droppin knees and enjoying it.

St Marys Glacier was/is absolute shit. Barely counts as 'skiing', but ya gotta be pretty good to slide down it. In two hours dicking round up there late Fri afternoon l saw 25 people w skis or boards! All dudes. Why is it no chicks are silly enough for that? One fella had a young boy with him,pretty impressive for a wee lad to get down. Never saw a boarder come down,seems even sillier than 'skiing' that thing.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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