Its been an awesome start to the spring ski mountaineering season! Ive gained a new spring skiing partner, or should I say converted my winter ski buddy to the steeps of spring, Eric "Mad Man" Malmgren, and we've been logging some vert and scoping new areas.
Another close friend Aaron " Doc" Miller also paid a visit just last week and it was great to catch up on old times and ski some corn together. So the pics below will kinda re-cap the past couple months of adventuring, including pics from the 4/20 Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa concert at Red Rocks!! Party On!
From L-R Cory, Lil Andy, Vicki, Liz, Eric, Gnome, and Gangster White Paws... Thanks to Lil Andy for driving us in the Freedom Van..
Some Gore Range adventuring... Buffalo Mountain and the Tenmile Range in the background...
East Portal- Rollins Pass Colorado
Aaron and Cory on the ridge leading to the entrance of the Cool Whip Couloir. The other lines we ended up skiing that day can be seen in the background. On the left is a big open bowl that skied awesome, and the other line on the right ( Hidden Couloir) ended up being a nice steep line..
Cory searching for the best spot to huck the cornice..
Aaron dropping into the bowl above Heart lake. Cory can be seen as a tiny dot in the background filming..
Looking back at our tracks. Cory's on the far right, although he did huck a 20 foot cornice, which was sweet, he also sacrificed some great turns to get the money footage.. The price you sometimes have to pay to be a good photographer..
With the winds gusting in the 30mph range it definitely helped to keep snow from going to mush too early, and it gave us enough time to search for one more ski descent before heading home.
This one should do! The Hidden Couloir.. Although it was a bit firm due to its north facing aspect it was steep and tight which made up for it..
Rocky Mountain National Park, Hallets Peak- Elevator Shaft Couloir
We had assembled the classic crew for this line. Aaron, Cory, Lil Andy, El Teedro, myself, and our new rookie Forest, where this was his first ski mountaineering descent ever! Boy Don't Even Know It!
View of the south side of Hallets Peak from lower Chaos Canyon.
Just a small squad of ski mountaineers.
Lil Andy- Stylin El-la-va-ta!!
Taking a break and soaking up the view before skiing down.
Forest getting after it like a pro!
Andy Morgan- Elevator Shaft Couloir