It's been dumping in Colorado like most other places in the West. Jena and Milo we're able to get out and the only question was where? Vail or Berthoud Passes were on the list. Vail resort just west of Vail Pass was recording over 30" in 48 hours. 19" in the last 24. Last time I tried Vail Pass in those conditions it was a suffer fest. Bert had gotten over a foot, so we opted for less snow, but still primo conditions. The winter storm warning was set to expire at 9am and the skies were supposed to clear around noon. It snowed all day long, go figure. Not the best day for photos but we had to make due.
Our first destination was the North Chutes of Russel. Every time I have gone up there this season it's been windy as hell. This day, the winds were light at most, though it was snowing. Milo and Jena suffering up the final boot pack to the Summit.
The sun peaked through and lit up No Name. We skipped that run this day, but I am sure it would have been amazing.
After hopping into the North Chute of Russel and digging around, I felt pretty confident it was stable even with the recent 20" or so the pass had gotten. Milo found it to be balls deep.
Next up was Cornerpocket. We took a quick break at the Peter Rabbit Cabin then skinned about a thousand vertical to the top of this chute. One of the best on the pass.
It sits right below a cliff band.
Milo getting ready to drop.
Sadly the light was worse here than on Russel. The conditions were also even better.
Finally we skinned up to the Mushroom patch I found a few weeks ago. It's below treeline so I was finally able to get some decent shots.
Jena doing some pillow smashing.
Got a few more pics off of Jena's camera today. It's a G9 I believe. I really need to do an upgrade. Her pics are so much crisper.
A pic from the very start of the day.
Milo fussing with gear at the top of the North Chute of Russell. Keep in mind we are on top of the Continental Divide at this point. It's always great to do runs off of there. Over 12k ft in elevation.
Cody and myself waiting to drop into Hidden Knob Meadows.
and getting some in the meadows.
Milo getting after the Meadows.
Busting trail heading towards Cornerpocket. We had to bust all 1k+ vertical feet of this approach. First time all year I haven't been able to hook up with an established skin track on this hike. This approach goes by the upper 110's which I call the Tele Trees or Tele Mecca. I swear, every freakin' tele skier on the pass makes a beeline for these. Last time I was up there, we actually did the trees and my friends were asking why I called them the tele trees. We were skinning back up and nine skiers came up the skin track. All tele skiers going to do the upper 110's.