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Old 10-07-2013, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rideable snowfields/glaciers near Vail

My wife has a conference in Vail so while I'm up there I figured I'd take the opportunity to try to get in a few turns. Are there any permanent snowfields or glaciers reasonably close to Vail? Another requirement is that the area not be subjected to federal government shutdown.

I have a solid 4x4 so service roads etc. are no problem.

I am thinking about going to St. Mary's if there isn't anything better.

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Old 10-07-2013, 02:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What dates do you plan on being there? If I'm not mistaken A-basin will be partially open in a week or so. There are some guys that live there and will be by to give you specific dates.
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What are your dates? How good a rider are you, how often do you ride? How good of shape are you in for hiking above 10k' with a pack/board?
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I was up at St Mary's on Saturday, snowfield has melted down to maybe 100 yard section. I enjoyed the hike but wasn't really worth the turns. Also be careful if you go, lots of ice, rocks and thin ice covering big holes and small rivers
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm going to be up in Vail this Thursday and Friday, Oct 10-11.

Ewww only 100yds left at St. Mary's????? That blows. I guess that's out. Man, a few more years and there won't be anymore year round snowfields left in CO.

I didn't ride at all last year - I was in MS dealing with some family matters. I was comfortable with all the runs at Squaw Valley, off piste KT-22 etc. Same applies to most of the resorts in Tahoe. Hiking above 10,000' is no problem. I'm good hiking up to any summit in the continental US. Nothing above maybe class 4 though. I won't have any climbing equipment and will be solo.

A-Basin partially open in a week huh? That's pretty awesome! Where did you hear that?
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