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We seem to be getting a lot of people talking about getting out on the snow on a few threads. I figured it was time to try to consolidate it to one local. I'm planning on getting out with some of the people who lurk on RC.com. Most notably Skibs.
I'm always looking for backcountry partners, and I am perfectly willing to teach what I know of snow sense to those who want to learn.
So those with the snow Jone'z speak up.


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killclimbz, snow is my first love. I love to get out and do the backcountry thing. This will be my third backcountry season, so I have all the gear. There are a few "glaciers" that are producing some turns right now. Hopefully there will be some more snow soon.

Vince


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killclimbz, snow is my first love. I love to get out and do the backcountry thing. This will be my third backcountry season, so I have all the gear. There are a few "glaciers" that are producing some turns right now. Hopefully there will be some more snow soon.

Vince

Stay in touch. Some turns have been had already on the high passes. It won't be too much longer before we have some decent coverage. I'm down for some adventures.


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I'm all over this one like a bad rash. My goal is to get out for weekend bivies as much as possible, i.e., I have a partner, I go! Winter mountaineering it is with great intensity this year, all the skills and challenges and joys associated with it. I live about 45 minutes from the west entrance of RMNP as well, if that's an enticement to anyone.

/Skibs tries hard to conceal her joy, but it's going to be tough, especially when I look out the window at the SNOW COVERED Continental Divide./

Skibs, I am definitely up for some early season action on Berthoud and expanding as the coverage improves. You are the lookout for us Front Rangers, so let us know when the getting is good! :wink:


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killclimbz, I will be getting out soon as the snow is good. We'll have to hook up, and the other sliders are welcome of course.


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A couple of friends of mine hiked the mountian up here in Steamboat yesterday and skiied 3/4 of the way down. They said it was close to 24" up on top. It's melting fast... I just looked out the window of my office to see that there is only snow left on the top half of the mountian right now.


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Well...never done the back country thing but would love to try. Either way would love to make some turns together w/ ppl from here. Do you exclusively ski bc? Skibabeage, I'm guessin you'll hit the runs at WP once in a while right? :)


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Wish I could join you all... tele skiing takes presedence over climbing most days for me, but the snow season is far from beginning here in Va. My goal is to move to colorado eventually when I get out of school. Yall have fun and be safe over there... and most importantly, save some sno for me!!!


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Well...never done the back country thing but would love to try. Either way would love to make some turns together w/ ppl from here. Do you exclusively ski bc? Skibabeage, I'm guessin you'll hit the runs at WP once in a while right? :)

If you were directing the backcountry question at me, the answer for this season is going to be yes. Multiple layoffs have left me without the option to buy a pass. I'm hoping to hook up a few days at WP. It's not a bad thing though, the past three seasons I have been doing more BC than resort riding. Backcountry is a blast.


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Well...never done the back country thing but would love to try. Either way would love to make some turns together w/ ppl from here. Do you exclusively ski bc? Skibabeage, I'm guessin you'll hit the runs at WP once in a while right? :)

Yep! While I'm relegated to weekends because of my work schedule, there are some great runs/acreage that doesn't get that much traffic. There's also Vasquez Cirque, when it's in, that's do-not-fall-here material (so I don't go there because I don't want to fall and die! :wink: )! I also get perks to ski fer free at other select resorts throughout Colorado......so if anyone's interested in heading to Aspen or down to Wolf Creek from time to time, that'd be a hoot.

Come on now, the Cirque ain't that bad. There's not a whole lot of fall and die back there. Trust me, I've fallen all over the place! We should plan a BC trip down to Wolf Creek I hear it's great. I'm also fairly familar with Monarch Pass. Some very fun bc there. Great trees and deep snow.


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I want in. Im learning to board this winter no matter what!


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I don't live on the front range but, I reckin that I'd like to join the club too. Was just looking at the alpenglow making the new snow up on
NY Mtn. sparkle. Kind of got the itch goin...

When the season arrives, please consider giving me a shout... my schedule is fairly convienient and I spend alot of time on snow... BC or liftserved, freeheeled or locked down... its all good. ya can never have too many partners for the BC.

thanx for startin this thread. oh, here's a thought... an rc.com hut trip?
10th Mtn or Alfred Braun system? try that one on for size.

JK


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The Skinner Hut might be interesting. If anyone has been there and knows that way that is. I've heard of people getting stuck in a snow storm and doing a forced bivy, only to find out the hut was 40ft away from them.
I know it usually has openings all season, and the terrain around it is supposed to rock. RC.com hut trip sounds like a great idea to me.


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I'm not too worried about the avy danger or the hike. Unless it snows a ton we shouldn't have too much danger getting there. As far as the surrounding terrain, good route finding skills, and doing some investigating should do fine. The really big worry is finding the dang hut. I really don't want to do an unplanned bivy.


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Write me in for the RC.com hut trip. :D (big sh*t eatin grin) That is a great idea, if we can get enough peeps commited we should reserve a hut and lock in the date. I hear they can be pretty hard to rent certain times of the year.


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I know 10th mountain huts fill up, but in all honesty I was looking at going to the Skinner Hut last year in December and there were lots of openings for that hut and one other. The rest were pretty much booked solid. The deciding factor seemed to be is that the other huts are easy to find and have shorter approaches. Thank god for lazy athletes. So let's figure out when we want to go and what days. I'm in the middle of a schedule change so I really don't know what days I will have off. Probably just one weekend day, so I will probably be taking some time. A Sun-Tues trip would be ideal. Get there while everyone is leaving, but that is up to the committe here on if it works or not. I also need to find out what my schedule is anyway, which I should know in about two weeks.
If we get this figured out by mid october we should be good.

Oh yeah mid to late Feb, early March would be the choice time IMO. Jan could be good depending on how the early season goes.


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I agree Feb/Mar would make for the best conditions. I can agree on the Skinner hut...what do you other guys/gals think about location and time?


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hey, did some turns on the Fair Glacier up by Lone Eagle. Sweet snow up there covering the glacier. Highlyt recommend if you are really hurting for some turns.


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hey, did some turns on the Fair Glacier up by Lone Eagle. Sweet snow up there covering the glacier. Highlyt recommend if you are really hurting for some turns.

Excellent news. I may head up there this weekend if the weather looks bad in D-town for climbing.


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I'm guessing I'll need to be a little better than a beginner on blues to do this? :) However - in late season - if I'm making progress - I'm in. The hut to hut trip would be a snowshoe for me as I don't x-c ski or ski at all for that matter. Not that I'm opposed to learning but haven't done it yet.

Great thread -will follow it closely.

See ya!

JD

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So I've added this to my watch topic list. Post up plans and such and we'll go from there. An email list might be nice. Sounds like good times.


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Gary - give me a jingle if you head up this way this weekend. I'm right on the way to Lone Eagle.

How was the snow up there? We are thinking of doing a hike up to the area soon.


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I'll be heading up to mosquito pass this Saturday...will let you know what the conditions are.


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Tyler - over, but not out! I think that if the Skinner Hut is a go, it'll be slow going whether it's skins 'n' skis or snowshoes. I wouldn't worry about pace!

I say let's go for January, because the season is starting and running early, then if we have a good enough time and conditions are good we can plan another one for March! I'm more than a little hesitant to take on the responbility of planning such a trip, but the snow whore in me says "Do it! Do it!"

Jeebus, I need to have my head examined. :wink:

Okay, let's start thinking about dates.

SNOW WHORE! ROFLMAO!


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Dumping snow this morning in Winter Park. Blizzard conditions, in fact. Big fat, wet flakes, sticking to the road, sticking to the trees, sticking to the mountains.

Yummmmmmm. Fair Glacier on Saturday.

I see! I must go up to the mountains on Saturday to check this out.


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Thinking about RMNP this weekend...anyone want to make some turns?


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I'll be headed in from the east and I'd like to ski ptarmigan.


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:cry:


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No worries, have a good weekend. I'll give you TR if I make it out.

Vince


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1-2 inches of windblown at 13,000 near alma...nice rock hunting though :)


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TR: Berthoud Pass Sunday 10/3.

It sucked...

Actually looks like I just missed good turns by a day. There were tracks that were now dirt on the west side front face. Bummer :? wish I didn't have to work on Saturday. The east side of the pass is all torn up. I don't know if they are trying to remove/add plumbing to the pass before they tear down the old lodge. It's a real mess and if it stays that way for the winter, parking is going to be a bitch. Hiking on the east side is also limited from the this construction. It looks like they are buidling and underground parking lot for a hotel or something.


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I was up at Devil's Head yesterday and Pike's Peak looked absolutely covered with snow. Next time it's wet in the state, I am going to go look for some turns. Who's in?


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I was up at Devil's Head yesterday and Pike's Peak looked absolutely covered with snow. Next time it's wet in the state, I am going to go look for some turns. Who's in?

I'm in, next time we get snow I would definately like to get a few turns in.


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I was up at Devil's Head yesterday and Pike's Peak looked absolutely covered with snow. Next time it's wet in the state, I am going to go look for some turns. Who's in?

I'm in, next time we get snow I would definately like to get a few turns in.

Sweeeeet, I'm off Sundays, and Wed-thurs right now. Are you purely a weekend warrior or do you have some mid-week time?


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My job keeps me pinned down for the weekdays and I usually reserve weekday adventures for those good dumps. But to answer your question I am a WEEKEND WARRIOR. :D If a Sun. happens to work out I would be glad to join you.


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My job keeps me pinned down for the weekdays and I usually reserve weekday adventures for those good dumps. But to answer your question I am a WEEKEND WARRIOR. :D If a Sun. happens to work out I would be glad to join you.

Sundays always work for me :D


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:P Apparently Loveland is opening this Friday...yep, the day after tomorrow gang. I"m feeling an illness fall over me and doubt I'll be able to make it to work (cough cough)

Lisa


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I skied up on Bierdstat from Guanella Pass on 10/9, found great snow in the north facing bowl from about 13,600-12,200. I was able to ski back almost to the pass on not so great snow. From the looks of it it should be really good again this weekend.


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:P Apparently Loveland is opening this Friday...yep, the day after tomorrow gang. I"m feeling an illness fall over me and doubt I'll be able to make it to work (cough cough)

Lisa

That's the attitude I like to see :D !

I am seriously considering going up somewhere on Sunday. I would prefer hike to turns. Does anyone have any plans. This is the time of year where I try to figure out if I want to climb or slide...


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Don't forget that Keystone is open next week!


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I'll be in the back country tonight somewhere up on the Divide. . .Hopefully I'll have good things to report back about SNOW!!! I'm not skiing but there is enough snow on Jones Pass to do so.


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I'll be in the back country tonight somewhere up on the Divide. . .Hopefully I'll have good things to report back about SNOW!!! I'm not skiing but there is enough snow on Jones Pass to do so.

Whatya mean you're not skiing!!!!! I'm gettin you on those sticks yet sister! ;)


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Don't forget that Keystone is open next week!

Really???? Holy smokes...time to get a leave of absence!


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Anyone want to hit the backcountry in Butler Gulch on Thursday? I caught this trip report on the Telemark talk forum. Looks pretty sweet and we are supposed to get more snow. Looks like Beacons, shovels, probe, basic avy gear will be needed.


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Friday night I went up to Jones Pass, just outside of Empire. I hiked up to the top of the Divide and headed across the Peaks towrds Henderson Lake. There is a ton of snow on thos peaks! My ice axe was burried to the top in some spots. Not much sno on top of the Divide itself but I can only imagine that you skiiers and boarders would dig carving turns down the peaks.


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I've set up tenative plans to go to Butler Gulch on Thursday, if anyone has the day off Thursday they are welcome to join.


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I've set up tenative plans to go to Butler Gulch on Thursday, if anyone has the day off Thursday they are welcome to join.

Allright, Butler Gulch fizzled on Thursday, since the big "storm" has been delayed. I am now planning to give it a go on Sunday. Sounds like Skibs is in, anyone else? It'll be the best dang mud riding ever!!!


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anyone been up to Loveland since it opened last week. What's the word on conditions. I know it isn't going to be great, but I wonder if it's worth trying to get a few turns in this weekend.


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We were up at Loveland last Sunday and hiked up to the small peak above the pass. Some snowboarders were hitching up to the top, so we gave them a lift. The ski lift right off of 6 was running and tons of people were doing that slope. The free slope where the snowboarders were hopping on at the pass looked OK. Over in the basin above that were some little jumps someone built. Looks pretty fun. It no doubt snowed more since we were there. We saw snow falling on the ridge over from that.


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Skibabeage and myself, made it up to Butler Gulch yesterday. Still pretty much dirt at snowmobile parking area. The snow started filling in quickly as you start up the trail to Butler Gulch. There was about 2-3 feet of snow back there in general. A little toothy in spots but in general great turns were had. No core shots on my board, which is pretty amazing for October turns.
A great first day out all and all.


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Oh yeah, Skibs and I are tenatively planning on heading back up to Butler Gulch on Sunday. Anyone care to join?


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Skibby and Killclimbz, count me in for Butler on Sun. Shoot me a PM later this week with a link up time and place. I can't drive very far up a trailhead in my little front wheel drive. :P I'm stoked!


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I suck on powder......

Nah you don't suck on powder. It wasn't exactly the light fluffy stuff. Hang in there, before long it's all you'll want to ski on.

Wannabe, I shot you a PM for Sunday. I'm thinking the same meeting time as last Sunday if that is ok with Skibs...


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Hey, KC,

I shot wannabe the same kind of PM! I like how you think!

Same time, same place works great for me!

Sweeeeeettttt!


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I went up to Butler Gulch yesterday for some turns. Guys it is REALLY good up there, especially for October. Wind had blown tons of snow into several of the chutes in there so the powder was 3-4ft deep and oh so smooth. I really can't wait to get back there Sunday. If anyone else was thinking about joining you should get in on this.


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Yeah it sounds like Sunday could be a miserable, snow, blowing snow, lots of accumulation kind of day. It's going to be BEAUTIFUL!!!


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YeeeeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!


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Kim and I hit A-Basin today! Only had one run open, but we had a good time. Can't wait for it to really drop!!!


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Well, the Butler Gulch trip absolutely rocked on Sunday! 8^) The base seemed to range from 2-5ft deep with 6-10" of new snow depending where you were at. A little wind blown and crusty towards the tops of the peaks, but the troughs and shady sides were pure bliss.
Wannabe, that is some set of lungs you got there. I thought you were using rockets on your ski's to get uphill.
Skibs, you have already improved like 200%, it's not going to be much longer before you have this powder thing figured out!
Sam, Bucky, & Cody were wiped out last night when we got home. Best type of dog you can have.
Soooo, perhaps we should give Berthoud pass a shot next Sunday, or if it doesn't look so hot I am just fine with hitting Butler Gulch again. Who wants in?

3 days out & 3 full on powder days, this backcountry thing sucks...


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Btw, it was absolutely dumping when we left yesterday afternoon.


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Happy Birthday Skibby! Thanks Killclimbz, Kim, and Skibby...What a great day! The snow was great and the company was awesome. I'll let you know if I can make it this weekend, I feel my arm being twisted. :D


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Happy Birthday Skibby! Thanks Killclimbz, Kim, and Skibby...What a great day! The snow was great and the company was awesome. I'll let you know if I can make it this weekend, I feel my arm being twisted. :D

Skibs, it was/is your b-day! Sheeeeeeeet! I gues I don't pay much attention.... :oops: Happy b-day!!!!


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I found this on the Forest Service avalanche awareness webpage. It's actually a pretty good quick and dirty guide to avalanche safety online. Lots of things here to keep you from working, and to give ideas on what to practice when you're out playing in the backcountry.


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Ok I'm definitely skiing this weekend. Woooohoooo. I need to find some rockets for my boots cuz I won't be hiking at mach speed without them lol.

I'll keep watchin the plans. :P


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Lisa, can we pencil you in for next weekend? I have a biner for ya... :lol:


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Lisa, can we pencil you in for next weekend? I have a biner for ya... :lol:

pencil away :P


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Anybody skied loveland pass (not the resort) lately? We're Headed up to A-Basin on Saturday and hope to hitch a couple of rides befoe hitting the lift lines.

Thanks!

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I've been hearing rumors of action on the pass, so you might luck out. Give it a try and let us know :)


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OK, it's Wednesday night, I'm getting over a cold, ready to get out. Who's heading out to the snow this weekend? Any BC action going on? I have a board and snow shoes, will travel. Fine, drive even... Not quite as desperate as Amber and offering beer or anything though :robert:


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A-basin saturday. Look for a gray Jeep grand cherokee, a 6'7" guy, his 5'4" wife and a buddy with beard that looks like a small woodland create got super glued to his face.

KT


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Still going out Sun? If so pencil me in as well.


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Still going out Sun? If so pencil me in as well.

Are folks still headed out for some bc on Sunday? Details? And is there room for one more. I can contribute a 4WD SUV and am willing to drive.

K


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Still going out Sun? If so pencil me in as well.

Are folks still headed out for some bc on Sunday? Details? And is there room for one more. I can contribute a 4WD SUV and am willing to drive.

K

Hell yeah, we are going out for some backcountry. I was up at Berthoud Pass yesterday, and it was fun, but it's still a little more on the rocky side than Butler Gulch. I put 3 core shots on my board vs none in the gulch over three days. So I vote for Butler Gulch Sunday, or maybe we could hike up Jones pass and check out some of the stuff back there?
I'm thinking between 8-8:30 either at the parking area or the Last General Store just before you start climbing Berthoud Pass. What do you guys think?


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So this is the list of possible participants for Sunday.

Myself
Skibabeage
wanderinfree
uitdoorqi
Nextascent
Wannabe

Anyone else?


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How dangerous is the snow pack right now? Pretty sketchy? Seems like theres' been some slides lately and I'm admittedly kinda a chicken $hit about my first bc venture being in a potential slide :oops:


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Ok, here is the skinny on the snowpack. Yeah, it's a little sketch, but it is every year in Colorado. No big surprises there. Yesterday at Berthoud Pass I dug 3 pits on North facing aspects above three line. There was a pretty good sized soft slab on top of marbles basically. So, you really don't want to get on something steep and large for sure. At least in that area. I didn't go as high as the top of Mt Russell, and the snow conditions there could be 100% different. In general there is a fair amount of granular, loose unconsolidated snow out there. Good travel habits are needed. The snow does seem to get much more stable below tree line. I dug a pit and confirmed that, but it was in just one spot.

So is it a little sketchy out there? Yes, it is a little more than usual at this time of year. Can you still get out and avoid avalanches and have a good time? Absolutely.


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So is it a little sketchy out there? Yes, it is a little more than usual at this time of year. Can you still get out and avoid avalanches and have a good time? Absolutely.

Okey dokey then! Thx. 8^)


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Ok, I haven't heard much from the new ones joing our little rc.com outings, Vince and Skibs, I'm assuming you guys are in for Sunday, but I got your numbers so I will call both of you.
For the others that I don't get a pm from I am shooting for 8:30 at the Last General Store at the base of Berthoud Pass. Gives everyone a chance to get some last second supplies before we go into the Gulch. I do work tomorrow, so I will be online. You should be able to PM me until about 4:30pm tomorrow.


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Ok, I haven't heard much from the new ones joing our little rc.com outings, Vince and Skibs, I'm assuming you guys are in for Sunday, but I got your numbers so I will call both of you.
For the others that I don't get a pm from I am shooting for 8:30 at the Last General Store at the base of Berthoud Pass. Gives everyone a chance to get some last second supplies before we go into the Gulch. I do work tomorrow, so I will be online. You should be able to PM me until about 4:30pm tomorrow.

Dood, I'm in. Been practicing my form in my head.

Off to the land of ice first thing tomorrow morning, so let's chat either Saturday eve or early AM Sunday.

I'm bringing the sammiches! :wink:

Excellent!


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Sweet! I have some other folks who are going to Berthoud on Sunday as well. Was it REALLY bad on your board? I just got a new one for the season and will find an older sketchy one if conditions are questionable.

Yeah, snow!!!!


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KC, I'm in :P I even got the AT set-up finished.


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KC, I'm in :P I even got the AT set-up finished.

Nice, we'll see ya at the Last General Store at 8:30. I'm still snowshoeing.... :cry:


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Eeps...well first day on snow and I was grinnin like a fool. That is, until I got swept off my feet by a boarder. The board came down a second time in an extremely painful/personal area :oops: ...blek. I'm "iced" now (brrr, this is just wrong) but not likely going to make it tomorrow. :cry:

I'll go waddle away to my corner now.


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Eeps...well first day on snow and I was grinnin like a fool. That is, until I got swept off my feet by a boarder. The board came down a second time in an extremely painful/personal area :oops: ...blek. I'm "iced" now (brrr, this is just wrong) but not likely going to make it tomorrow. :cry:

I'll go waddle away to my corner now.


Ow, ow, ow, ow, well catch ya on the next trip. Much less crowded in the backcountry btw...


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Eeps...well first day on snow and I was grinnin like a fool. That is, until I got swept off my feet by a boarder. The board came down a second time in an extremely painful/personal area :oops: ...blek. I'm "iced" now (brrr, this is just wrong) but not likely going to make it tomorrow. :cry:

I'll go waddle away to my corner now.


Ow, ow, ow, ow, well catch ya on the next trip. Much less crowded in the backcountry btw...

Yeah OUCH! KC, Skibs, it's been warm down here in Denver today. Are things still good up there for tomorrow? Can't wait!


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Hey all! I'm going to have to bail on tomorrow as well. Had original intentions of climbing on Sat and boarding on Sun. ....but that ended up all reversed since I hit A-basin today instead. And if I don't get myself on some real rock in Eldo this weekend, I may go seriously insane.

Have fun, and let me know how the bc conditions were. Seemed really warm today. Good luck!

K


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Hey Wannabe and Killclimbz, had a great time out today! Snow was great, esp given the weather. Hope Cody is ok. Later!


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hey folks, hit a-basin saturday... the lines were ugly. Stopped and took a look at the pass, lots of folks, not to much snow... Gonna wait until it doesn't take a core shot to get down. Hope you folks had fun.

KT


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Eeps...well first day on snow and I was grinnin like a fool. That is, until I got swept off my feet by a boarder....I'm "iced" now (brrr, this is just wrong)
I was at Copper with a teammate, practicing touron slalom with the boarders stopped in the middle of runs, reclining face down in the snow. We probably gave them enough face and chest shots with slush from strategically timed turns to make up for your adventure.


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Hey Wannabe and Killclimbz, had a great time out today! Snow was great, esp given the weather. Hope Cody is ok. Later!

Yeah, Cody is good. He had to get 6 stiches or so on his leg, but nothing major other than that. He's out for the next two weeks.

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But, how about Monarch next weekend, as you mentioned? Sunday? Drive down the night before? I'd be up for it!

As I mentioned above, Cody got himself an injury back in the gulch. He can't play with us for at least two weeks :cry: . He should be fine after that. I really want to get down to Monarch. Perhaps the weekend after his injury. It's such great place for dogs.

I am also now officially off on Tuesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays. So everyone that has been in on the action, are Saturdays ok? I could very easily go back to BG on Saturday. The place really seems to have the best snow around. I am open to some other areas.
Is the Saturday three weeks out ok for those who are interested in a Monarch trip? I know that is Thanksgiving weekend. I am even good for the weekend after that. First one of December. Is that a better idea. I know it's a little far out, but then again the conditions should only be better and Cody will be good to go.


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Cody got cut? My little tri-color fuzzy boyfriend? Was my other bf Sam around? Gee willikers, I hate it when the boys get hurt. If he needs some bones, let me know! :wink:

Saturdays are still good! Monarch opens November 19th, but that's no nevermind. Let's keep talking about this.....

Really, really warm up here today. Stormclouds moving in from the west. Hope it means snow.....

Yeah Cody either got cut by an edge, but it's on the inside of his leg, so more likely he caught a branch under the snow. You wouldn't of known he was injured by his attitude. I just noticed the blood on the snow and saw the nasty wound. He wanted to keep hiking. Sam and Bucky were not with us that day. They will be on plenty of adventures with us though.

I am up for other areas. Anyone know what the coverage is looking like on Quandary or some of the other local 14'ers? That could be some special backcountry torture and fun...


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I am also now officially off on Tuesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays. So everyone that has been in on the action, are Saturdays ok? I could very easily go back to BG on Saturday. The place really seems to have the best snow around. I am open to some other areas.
Is the Saturday three weeks out ok for those who are interested in a Monarch trip? I know that is Thanksgiving weekend. I am even good for the weekend after that. First one of December. Is that a better idea. I know it's a little far out, but then again the conditions should only be better and Cody will be good to go.

I'd be up for weekend after Thanksgiving weekend and hopefully my beacon will be here. I'm going to be out road tripping after this weekend and until then. Let it snow!


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Hmmm, I haven't done Bierstadt. I think someone posted earlier this year that there was some decent snow there. If the weather is not looking too harsh, which it might, I would be down for that. I think there might be snow in the forecast for Sat.


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Yeah, Sunday in BG sounds good to me and I am riding my splitboard back there this time!


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Yeah, Sunday in BG sounds good to me and I am riding my splitboard back there this time!

Ok, I know I am not feeling great today, but I mean Saturday...


Also I don't know if anyone bought a new Barryvox Transceiver this year but you might want to be aware of this.

11/8-- Mammut has issued a "Preventative Recall" of it’s most recent series of Barryvox Avalanche Transceivers. Tension cracks may appear in the red plastic casing of some of the Mammut Barryvox Opto 3000 avalanche transceivers produced for the winter 2004/05, possibly allowing the electronics to be exposed to moisture. Although the quality of the plastic was corrected immediately after the problem was detected, to avoid any risk for the user, Mammut Sports Group AG has decided to recall all the devices of the production series in question and remove them from the market. The units came on the market in August 2004 and were produced for the winter of 2004/2005. All of the non-recalled devices produced with the new plastic have a red sticker on the box reading: “new case.” Beacons with the following serial numbers are being recalled: M0080000 – M0088419, M0089616 – M0089800, M0090000 – M0090419, the serial number can be found inside the battery compartment under the bar code. Detailed information regarding this recall can be found in a PDF file on the company's barryvox.com web site Beyond that, the Mammut Sports Group AG has established a hotline at +41 (0)62 769 81 99 which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central European Time. In the USA, recalled units can be returned to the distributor,
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Darn it! New snow and I'm stuck with other responsibilities this weekend. Have fun...I should be able to make the Monarch trip in the next couple of weekends, when we decided on a date. :D


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Darn it! New snow and I'm stuck with other responsibilities this weekend. Have fun...I should be able to make the Monarch trip in the next couple of weekends, when we decided on a date. :D

Hey man,

Sorry I had to bail on you guys last Sunday. Yeah, I am definitely jonez'in to get down to Monarch. I'll keep ya in the loop.


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Darn it! New snow and I'm stuck with other responsibilities this weekend. Have fun...I should be able to make the Monarch trip in the next couple of weekends, when we decided on a date. :D

Hey man,

Sorry I had to bail on you guys last Sunday. Yeah, I am definitely jonez'in to get down to Monarch. I'll keep ya in the loop.

That's Kewl, I'm glad Cody is OK. We made another run after descending the peak you bailed on. All said, it was a pretty decent day. What's going on with Charlie? Did we scare him away from the bc?


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ANyone else doing Keystone this weekend?


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Darn it! New snow and I'm stuck with other responsibilities this weekend. Have fun...I should be able to make the Monarch trip in the next couple of weekends, when we decided on a date. :D

Hey man,

Sorry I had to bail on you guys last Sunday. Yeah, I am definitely jonez'in to get down to Monarch. I'll keep ya in the loop.

That's Kewl, I'm glad Cody is OK. We made another run after descending the peak you bailed on. All said, it was a pretty decent day. What's going on with Charlie? Did we scare him away from the bc?

Nah, Charlie's snowshoes sucked so he ran laps at treeline. He just couldn't climb to where we were. I'm sure you'll see plenty of him on his AT setup this year.


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Today is probably my last day before actually hitting the BC again soooo.

This week so far it looks like Skibs and myself are going for it. It's looking like some weather may be coming in, so I would rather not go through a suffer fest on a 14er. Lot's of wind above treeline, poor visibility etc. Sounds great for a mountaineering experience but kind of sucky with a board or skis (read: sail) on your back. So Butler Gulch with the 8:30 meeting place of the Last General Store?
Anyone else going to get in?
Derec?
Lisa?
Bueller?
Anyone?


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Well, Saturday was an excellent day once again. The snow back in BG is more like January conditions right now vs November! I rode my split, and didn't hit a dang thing. Did the hourglass and the chute skiers left off of summit. Well over a foot of new fluff in the chutes. It was a blast. Unfortunately the secret is out and there were about 20-30 people back there. Although there was plenty of snow to go around, it was more like a ski area than a backcountry trip. I suppose just about anywhere near the Front Range is going to have that story. I am going to try to hit Berthoud on Tuesday. Anyone want to join in?


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Hey KC, glad to here you had a good time out! I ended doing the the commercial thing since my friend doesn't have any gear. Yeah, wish I had more week days off too!


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Hey KC, glad to here you had a good time out! I ended doing the the commercial thing since my friend doesn't have any gear. Yeah, wish I had more week days off too!

It was a lot of fun and I happened to hook up with a new rc.com'er, Pdiddy. Although I was a little bummed by the high numbers there, it made it real easy for me to hook up with some very cool people to tour with. Let me know if you need gear for you or a friend if you are thinking about coming out on a tour. I can often borrow a beacon or two, and shovels.


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Killclimbz and I met randomly in the parking lot at BG for a day of backcountry fun. My friend (no cute alias) and I benefited from KC's intimate knowledge of the BG area and enthusiasm. We also met Kim from the Backcountry Snowusers Alliance (BSA). BSA lobbys on behalf of non-motorized users where ever user conflicts exist (Rabbit Ears, Vail Pass, Wolf Creek Pass, Jones Pass/ BG etc.). If you are interested in preserving non-motorized BC experiences for everyone then JOIN, or attend the BSA Backcountry Bash at the REI flagship store on 12/3 at 7pm. Tix are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Avery Brewery will provide some sumptuous beer for the lucky attendees...


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Great post on the Backcountry snowsport alliance, they are definitely about preserving non-motorized areas for backcountry enthusiast. I believe the stat is something like 70% of the backcountry areas are accessible to motorized traffic (aka snowmobiles). The other 30% is non-motorized. The snowsports alliance is all about keeping it this way and working out compromises where both users share the areas.


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Looks like I'll be headed for Crested Butte this weekend. Have fun out there and let me know about the Monarch trip...I think KC mentioned something about next weekend.


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Wannabe, while your out at Crested Butte, make a stop at the top of Monarch pass and check out how it looks. Give us the report.


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KC, snow report will follow. :D


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So, my beacon's here! I'll be ready for some more adventures in the snow after Thanksgiving as well. Wannabe, can't wait to hear about Monarch.


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So, my beacon's here! I'll be ready for some more adventures in the snow after Thanksgiving as well. Wannabe, can't wait to hear about Monarch.

Sweeeeet! :D It's good to have one of those.

I was up at Berthoud Pass yesterday, just riding the old ski area since my dummy buddy forgot to bring a beacon :? . Most of the runs have been had but we found a couple that for what ever reason, have been forgotten since the area closed. Freshies galore once again! The North chutes on Mt Russell look very filled in and there are some tracks running down them. I am going to try to get up there Fri, maybe Saturday and get some turns down them. It's either do them now or wait till spring. Anyone interested for Friday?
Saturday, I have to drop Kim off at the airport a little before 9. After that I was going to head up the hill. I was thinking Berthoud, but I am game for other areas like Butler Gulch or someplace new. Anyone else thinking of doing something on Sat?


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I'm thinkin about a fool moon ski tour on the 26th Nov. I just checked the calendar and that is the date....whadda ya think? Any takers?


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Hmmm, a full moon ride. Doesn't sound like a bad idea at all. Where were you thinking? Butler Gulch wouldn't be a bad place, but neither would Loveland or some other spots. I could be in, depending on weather and snow coverage. Obviously it's dependent on clear skies.

Ok, how about tomorrow? Anyone want to get out Friday, there is some seriously cool stuff that can be done at Berthoud, but bad weather is supposed to be coming in Saturday and it may be too sketch to go up on the divide then. Anyone? Bueller?

How about Saturday, I have to start a little late, but I am still planning on getting out. Skibby you in? Anyone? please...


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Hmmm, a full moon ride. Doesn't sound like a bad idea at all. Where were you thinking? Butler Gulch wouldn't be a bad place, but neither would Loveland or some other spots. I could be in, depending on weather and snow coverage. Obviously it's dependent on clear skies.

Ok, how about tomorrow? Anyone want to get out Friday, there is some seriously cool stuff that can be done at Berthoud, but bad weather is supposed to be coming in Saturday and it may be too sketch to go up on the divide then. Anyone? Bueller?

How about Saturday, I have to start a little late, but I am still planning on getting out. Skibby you in? Anyone? please...

Argh, I'd be ALL over it like white on rice but my parents are coming in tonight and they've already reminded me that they're from sea level and want to take it easy.


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Hmmm, a full moon ride. Doesn't sound like a bad idea at all. Where were you thinking? Butler Gulch wouldn't be a bad place, but neither would Loveland or some other spots. I could be in, depending on weather and snow coverage. Obviously it's dependent on clear skies.

Ok, how about tomorrow? Anyone want to get out Friday, there is some seriously cool stuff that can be done at Berthoud, but bad weather is supposed to be coming in Saturday and it may be too sketch to go up on the divide then. Anyone? Bueller?

How about Saturday, I have to start a little late, but I am still planning on getting out. Skibby you in? Anyone? please...

Argh, I'd be ALL over it like white on rice but my parents are coming in tonight and they've already reminded me that they're from sea level and want to take it easy.

What? Hiking up steep slopes at near 13,000 ft isn't easy enough????


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Hmmm, a full moon ride. Doesn't sound like a bad idea at all. Where were you thinking? Butler Gulch wouldn't be a bad place, but neither would Loveland or some other spots. I could be in, depending on weather and snow coverage. Obviously it's dependent on clear skies.

Ok, how about tomorrow? Anyone want to get out Friday, there is some seriously cool stuff that can be done at Berthoud, but bad weather is supposed to be coming in Saturday and it may be too sketch to go up on the divide then. Anyone? Bueller?

How about Saturday, I have to start a little late, but I am still planning on getting out. Skibby you in? Anyone? please...

Argh, I'd be ALL over it like white on rice but my parents are coming in tonight and they've already reminded me that they're from sea level and want to take it easy.

What? Hiking up steep slopes at near 13,000 ft isn't easy enough????

Yeah, I think it's the snow as well. I threw out Bierstadt and they didn't bite on that one. I'll probably just head with them the RMNP to see elk and hike some easier stuff, but at least they can be in the mountains!


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Hmmm, a full moon ride. Doesn't sound like a bad idea at all. Where were you thinking? Butler Gulch wouldn't be a bad place, but neither would Loveland or some other spots. I could be in, depending on weather and snow coverage. Obviously it's dependent on clear skies.

Ok, how about tomorrow? Anyone want to get out Friday, there is some seriously cool stuff that can be done at Berthoud, but bad weather is supposed to be coming in Saturday and it may be too sketch to go up on the divide then. Anyone? Bueller?

How about Saturday, I have to start a little late, but I am still planning on getting out. Skibby you in? Anyone? please...

Clear skies is a must, I was thinking Loveland or Berthoud Pass. Head up after work on Fri. and spend a few hours on the snow. I also want to ski that weekend as well, so if you have any other ideas chime in. Are you still thinking about Monarch if conditions are good? Someone on TTips posted about rocks on every turn. :?


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Hmmm, a full moon ride. Doesn't sound like a bad idea at all. Where were you thinking? Butler Gulch wouldn't be a bad place, but neither would Loveland or some other spots. I could be in, depending on weather and snow coverage. Obviously it's dependent on clear skies.

Ok, how about tomorrow? Anyone want to get out Friday, there is some seriously cool stuff that can be done at Berthoud, but bad weather is supposed to be coming in Saturday and it may be too sketch to go up on the divide then. Anyone? Bueller?

How about Saturday, I have to start a little late, but I am still planning on getting out. Skibby you in? Anyone? please...

Clear skies is a must, I was thinking Loveland or Berthoud Pass. Head up after work on Fri. and spend a few hours on the snow. I also want to ski that weekend as well, so if you have any other ideas chime in. Are you still thinking about Monarch if conditions are good? Someone on TTips posted about rocks on every turn. :?

Yeah, I caught that same post. I also did get the feeling that maybe this guy was trying to discourage people from going down there as much as possible. I've seen a few other posts around the web from people that have been down there. It didn't sound so bad. If they get some of the snow they are talking about this weekend, it could change things dramatically. Monarch tends to get more than it's fair share of snow. It freaking dumps there.
Berthoud or Loveland would be fine with me for a full moon excursion. I'm wondering if more snow (hopefully it will have) needs to be on the ground by then, but I am good. Do you know what time the moonrise is supposed to be that night?


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Hey KC, when you were up on Berthoud yesterday did you get an idea of the conditions on the north side of the pass, say 7 mile run or current crk? And RE: moonlight tour (11/26), my friend and I will probably (95% certainty) will be in the Wolf Creek area over Thanksgiving and may be interested in touring to the Rainbow hot springs for a dip under the full moon if anyone is interested in joining us drop me a PM.


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I dropped the eighties and the rock garden on the North Side. Conditions were pretty decent. I haven't been down 7mile yet, but I am pretty sure it is passable as there were tracks going down the propeller (the chute just north of Mines 1) and that runs you into 7 mile and the bottom. There is white covering all the way to the top of the divide which is impressive. Usually it's blown off up there. The North side of current creek is looking pretty bare. You might be able to get some turns on the teacup bowl on the far skier's right side, but that looks to be about it. Does that cover it for ya? 8^)

Are you thinking about getting out Saturday on the pass? I am definitely looking for some partners.


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Thanks for the update, yes we are assembling a minor posse of snow riders to harvest some turns on Saturday. We haven't chosen a destination yet, hence the inquiry about pass conditions. We might be game to head up in that direction again, but I would have to review with the rest of the team and see what their preferences are.


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I'll give ya a call tomorrow night to see what the plan is. :)


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Keystone tomorrow early, may hit the pass on the way up if we get snow.
You guys have any good recommendations on snow shoes? I am getting some REI bucks for xmas...
KT


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Keystone tomorrow early, may hit the pass on the way up if we get snow.
You guys have any good recommendations on snow shoes? I am getting some REI bucks for xmas...
KT

Look under the Gear thread regarding snowshoes from Wannabe (Doah! Zozo.... Sorry Vince). We did this yesterday :)

Better yet:

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...iewtopic.php?t=76045


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Keystone tomorrow early, may hit the pass on the way up if we get snow.
You guys have any good recommendations on snow shoes? I am getting some REI bucks for xmas...
KT

Look under the Gear thread regarding snowshoes from Wannabe. We did this yesterday :)

Better yet:

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...iewtopic.php?t=76045

Really? :wink: I don't remember any conversation about snowshoes.
Carry on. :D


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I found the moon rise/set table. Here's a link-pretty cool info. For Nov 26th
moon rise 1622, moon set 0658.

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/aa_rstablew.pl


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For those of us who like our heels locked down at all times, Colorado Ski & Golf / Boulder Ski Deals is running their demo days this weekend at Loveland. It's a good chance to try this year's toys for real, rather than just relying on magazine reviews and word of mouth.


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You guys have any good recommendations on snow shoes? I am getting some REI bucks for xmas...

KT

What's your primary use for them and how much do you weigh?

I'll check wannabe's thread thanks for the tip... primay use: shoeing in for freshies on back country pow and getting the huskies out for their snow fix.
I'm 6'7" and weigh ~210


KT


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Shorty, is registration on the mountain or does it have to be taken care of in the Front Range?
Either way, but the process can be a little slow at Loveland.
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Oh, wait, I can pretty much demo anything I want at Winter Park any time I want.
True, but does the WP parking lot have 15 to 20 vans from most of the major brands loaded up with multiple ski models and sizes? Can you try anything from race stock slalom & GS to all mountain carvers to mid-fats to powder boards? Can you try a dozen different pairs of boards in one day? (My personal record is 14 pairs over 26 runs -- plus a couple of runs on my own equipment.)

Neener neener (in return).


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Well Friday and Saturday were great at Berthoud. Managed to get up on Russell and drop the chutes on the North Side. Nice big lines and great snow. No Name peak is in and would be worth a trip. Unfortunately the guys I was with did not have any avy gear or knowledge and No Name was definitely a little more suspect than the Russell chutes. It was snowing pretty good at the pass when I left, but from looking around at the ski area reports I would be suprised if the pass got more than 4".
Speaking of snow Wolf Creek got 29 inches!!! Unbelievable. Now I am thinking it would be nice to get a backcountry day there on Friday. Monarch got 6 inches, and they may get more, but geez that is a lot of snow in 24 hours. Wannabe, you'll have to give us the Monarch report, but I am starting to think of ways to get down to Wolf Creek. Anyone in Alamosa?


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Ok, I am waiting for reports from Wannabe on Monarch, though I have to say that it doesn't look like it's the place to go yet. I am out on the moonlight ride for Friday. For one, I am going out all day that day and the second reason is that I am working the next day at the Wildy. Kind of forgot about that.
Anyhow, I am starting to lean towards Berthoud Pass for Friday if anyone is interested. No Name peak is in and if it's clear, I want to try to do it. It's one of the best descents around. Anyone interested?


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Hi peeps, I have to report the snow conditions at Monarch are not as good as I would like. There is about 6in on top of a thin base. While there are spots that are skiable, I don't think it is worth a trip at this point. The turnout before the summit offers some of the best snow, several feet in spots. The West side is still pretty thin. :?

So what's happening this weekend? Anyone want to join me Fri. if the weather is good?


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Hi peeps, I have to report the snow conditions at Monarch are not as good as I would like. There is about 6in on top of a thin base. While there are spots that are skiable, I don't think it is worth a trip at this point. The turnout before the summit offers some of the best snow, several feet in spots. The West side is still pretty thin. :?

So what's happening this weekend? Anyone want to join me Fri. if the weather is good?

Hey Vince, thanks for the update. I was starting to suspect that would be the case. Maybe the next storm system will bring a little more snow up north. Monarch usually gets a good dumping, only second to Wolf Creek. Did I mention Wolf Creek got 29 freaking inches!!!??? Anyway, I'm out for the moonlight thing, but I do want to get in on that, maybe the next time around. It would be blast to hike up to some of the big chutes and get some turns on those. I can think of a great moonlight tour on the North Side of Current creek to do once the base comes in. It would give us two descents with minimal trees and maximun exposure to the moons light. Powder should be good there too.


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Hi peeps, I have to report the snow conditions at Monarch are not as good as I would like. There is about 6in on top of a thin base. While there are spots that are skiable, I don't think it is worth a trip at this point. The turnout before the summit offers some of the best snow, several feet in spots. The West side is still pretty thin. :?

So what's happening this weekend? Anyone want to join me Fri. if the weather is good?

Hey Vince, thanks for the update. I was starting to suspect that would be the case. Maybe the next storm system will bring a little more snow up north. Monarch usually gets a good dumping, only second to Wolf Creek. Did I mention Wolf Creek got 29 freaking inches!!!??? Anyway, I'm out for the moonlight thing, but I do want to get in on that, maybe the next time around. It would be blast to hike up to some of the big chutes and get some turns on those. I can think of a great moonlight tour on the North Side of Current creek to do once the base comes in. It would give us two descents with minimal trees and maximun exposure to the moons light. Powder should be good there too.

Sounds good, I'm also looking for partners on the 1st-6th of Dec. I have to take a few days off before the end of the year or I will loose them.


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Hi peeps, I have to report the snow conditions at Monarch are not as good as I would like. There is about 6in on top of a thin base. While there are spots that are skiable, I don't think it is worth a trip at this point. The turnout before the summit offers some of the best snow, several feet in spots. The West side is still pretty thin. :?

So what's happening this weekend? Anyone want to join me Fri. if the weather is good?

Hey Vince, thanks for the update. I was starting to suspect that would be the case. Maybe the next storm system will bring a little more snow up north. Monarch usually gets a good dumping, only second to Wolf Creek. Did I mention Wolf Creek got 29 freaking inches!!!??? Anyway, I'm out for the moonlight thing, but I do want to get in on that, maybe the next time around. It would be blast to hike up to some of the big chutes and get some turns on those. I can think of a great moonlight tour on the North Side of Current creek to do once the base comes in. It would give us two descents with minimal trees and maximun exposure to the moons light. Powder should be good there too.

Sounds good, I'm also looking for partners on the 1st-6th of Dec. I have to take a few days off before the end of the year or I will loose them.

I'm off Tuesdays and Fridays. Let me know if you want to take one of those days off to get out. I'll be happy to be your date. :shock:


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Ok honey :shock: , I have Fri the 3rd off. I gots me a snow date.


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Ok honey :shock: , I have Fri the 3rd off. I gots me a snow date.

It's a date!


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OMF God, I love men who are in touch with their feminine sides, but this is scaring me! :lol:

Care to make it a threesome? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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OMF God, I love men who are in touch with their feminine sides, but this is scaring me! :lol:

Care to make it a threesome? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Sure! My place or yours?!?!? :shock:
Yours....You are in the mountains already.... :wink:


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You "guys" are killing me! :D :D :D :shock:


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Hey, I just caught a trip report on Teton Gravity on Guanella pass. I am guessing that this was for Geneva Basin. Anyone know how much of a pain in the arse it is to get back there with a car right now? If I remember correctly it's a dirt road not maintained by cdot.


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Was this thread moved to Community for a while, or did I imagine that? Seriously, I have not been partaking of the doob. In any case, glad it is here again.


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looked on CDOT. i'm a dummy though....which road goes to guanella? Cameron had decent snow yesterday and was filling in around diamond peaks. are you still thinking berthoud on fri. gary?


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Yeah, I am still thinking Berthoud. Guanella is that pass that goes from Georgetown over to 285. Definitely worth a trip. I need to get up to Cameron also.


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anyone...my girlfriend and i were at berthoud this sat 11/27. we came down mines 2 and she lost her snowshoes on the descent. if anyone found/finds them please give me a holler. they were yellow Atlas showshoes with her name on them.

cheers


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Sorry to hear about the snowshoes. Sounds like if you don't find 'em you're going to be bootpacking when Shanna is around. :shock:
How was Mines 2? That's one of the more avy prone chutes around. Hope you guys dug before dropping that. It's also a great run.
It absolutely dumped on Friday it must've been good. For anyone that is interested, I will be heading back up on Tuesday. Anyone is welcome to join. Probably going to hit Berthoud Pass, but Cameron or Wood Creek or options.


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Just checked the Monarch ski are, they got 25" in the last 48 hrs :P . Sounds like the Monarch pass I know. Could be pretty good there. Thinking that Monarch Pass is a distinct possibility on Tuesday. Vince, do you think that would give the area enough coverage?


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Monarch is in good shape. My daughter teaches there and has been there for the past several days and says the skiing is good. Although the area isn't 100% open no area is. she says she expects them to open several of the black diamond runs today. :D They are reporting 17" in the last 24, appears to be about the best new fall in the state.


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Monarch is in good shape. My daughter teaches there and has been there for the past several days and says the skiing is good. Although the area isn't 100% open no area is. she says she expects them to open several of the black diamond runs today. :D

Wolf Creek is 100% open, but I'm not going down there...yet. Thanks for the update 8^) . I am guessing that the BC down there could be pretty sweet by Tuesday.


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They may be 100% open but with only 46" and 1" of new it doesn't sound like they are really "In" yet.


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no gary...i think this mihg tbe the excuse i need to get a split board! 8^) then shanna can have the snowshoes.

no pit. though today would scare me more. there was a definite wind crust on most of the run unitl you got to the runout section/terrain trap. it didn't seem wind loaded, but i am perhaps too new.

yeah, i saw the monarch's snow report. sounds reFRESHing. we might be up for it tue.


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no gary...i think this mihg tbe the excuse i need to get a split board! 8^) then shanna can have the snowshoes.

no pit. though today would scare me more. there was a definite wind crust on most of the run unitl you got to the runout section/terrain trap. it didn't seem wind loaded, but i am perhaps too new.

yeah, i saw the monarch's snow report. sounds reFRESHing. we might be up for it tue.

Sweet, lets stay in touch. Either way, I think Tuesday is going to be big, where ever we go. I am going to watch the snow totals through tomorrow, then I'll get in touch with you by tomorrow evening. Should be a good crew. Steven and Heather from the Wildy Sexchange are probably going to join us.


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Just checked the Monarch ski are, they got 25" in the last 48 hrs :P . Sounds like the Monarch pass I know. Could be pretty good there. Thinking that Monarch Pass is a distinct possibility on Tuesday. Vince, do you think that would give the area enough coverage?

KC, I think Monarch will be pretty good right now. 8^) I spent yesterday Skiing Northstar, the roadside crowd was well away from me. :D . Plenty of cover in spots, there was probably 12"of new, I think Monarch got twice that. There were a lot of folks out yesterday...If you don't like crowds, start early and skin in further.

Enjoy tomorrow, are you still planning on Fri?


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Martha, the Grand Traverse is one tough mo-fo race in the dead of the winter. I've skied the 39 miles in late winter, early spring after breaking up the couse with an overnite at one of the huts, I think it's Friends' Hut. I know some of the skiers who've completed and they're all top notch adventure racer and uber athlete types. It can get very cold especially at night and frostbite is something to be careful about. I wonder if anyone from this board has actually competed in the race. There are usually not a lot of entries, maybe fifty to one hundred two person teams. This is probably the toughest x-c/b.c. race in Colorado.


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Just checked the Monarch ski are, they got 25" in the last 48 hrs :P . Sounds like the Monarch pass I know. Could be pretty good there. Thinking that Monarch Pass is a distinct possibility on Tuesday. Vince, do you think that would give the area enough coverage?

KC, I think Monarch will be pretty good right now. 8^) I spent yesterday Skiing Northstar, the roadside crowd was well away from me. :D . Plenty of cover in spots, there was probably 12"of new, I think Monarch got twice that. There were a lot of folks out yesterday...If you don't like crowds, start early and skin in further.

Enjoy tomorrow, are you still planning on Fri?

Yeah, we are on for Friday. I'm not sure if I am going to do Monarch tomorrow, but if not, perhaps Monarch Friday? It's definitely in your neck o' the woods.


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Just checked the Monarch ski are, they got 25" in the last 48 hrs :P . Sounds like the Monarch pass I know. Could be pretty good there. Thinking that Monarch Pass is a distinct possibility on Tuesday. Vince, do you think that would give the area enough coverage?

KC, I think Monarch will be pretty good right now. 8^) I spent yesterday Skiing Northstar, the roadside crowd was well away from me. :D . Plenty of cover in spots, there was probably 12"of new, I think Monarch got twice that. There were a lot of folks out yesterday...If you don't like crowds, start early and skin in further.

Enjoy tomorrow, are you still planning on Fri?

Yeah, we are on for Friday. I'm not sure if I am going to do Monarch tomorrow, but if not, perhaps Monarch Friday? It's definitely in your neck o' the woods.

Kewl! Monarch sounds good on Fri. so does just about anything else right now. :wink:


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was up to my waste in powder on molas pass this weekend!! faces are too dangerous, but the trees are pretty freakin sweet! if anyone wants to help me break trail anywhere in the san juans, let me know.


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was up to my waste in powder on molas pass this weekend!! faces are too dangerous, but the trees are pretty freakin sweet! if anyone wants to help me break trail anywhere in the san juans, let me know.

Man I would love too. Maybe later in the season we can do a San Juan trip. I was browsing the CAIC website. Looks like the avy danger is pretty high right now. I'll definitely be riding in the trees tomorrow.


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well, let me know. i live in durango now, so you can always crash at my place. yeah, its a curse, high avy danger usually means tons of sweet powder!!! arrrrrggghhh


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Well, I got up the Berthoud Pass yesterday. They got nailed up there by this last storm. I would say over two feet fell! :shock: Stayed within the old ski area, since the avy danger was high, and some of the people we were with, were not really set up for a long tour anyway. That turned out to be just fine. We had tons of untracked throughout the area and a good time was had by all.
Saturday is looking to be a good day to play on the divide, if the avy danger goes down. Stuff is covered. Anyone want in?


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KC - sounds just about right, but butt-feck cold! It was 20 below when I got up yesterday and today as well.

Stay warm and avoid frostbite, all.....

Yeah, it was a little cold. The CAIC reported that Tabernash had a low temp of 30 below :shock: ! It was a bit chilly. Still pretty easy to avoid frostbite when you are suffering to get to the top of the ridges and such. Bring some warm layers and extra gloves of course. So Skibs you gonna get out this weekend?


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It is looking more and more like we are going to be hitting up Monarch Pass tomorrow. Anyone down in that area that wants to join in? Anyone want to go out in general?


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I know some were aware that Quandary had a skier triggered release last weekend. The guy who did this did an extensive post on the TGR forum about what happened and some of the mistakes he made. He was lucky to be able to locate his pooch in time to save her. It's a pretty good reminder for all of us about bad decision making, and being ready to act when those decisions put you in a life or death situation. I think I am going to go practice some more with my beacon now...


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wow...good TR. a wakeup for sure...or at least sobering...makesyou think especially when i see other people around BP with out shovel/beacon/probe.

anyone out there want to get out sat. or sun?


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Hey folks, this is a great thread. I've been lurking for a while and it looks like you've all been having a blast in the back country. I am going to off the week between xmas and new years and am looking to get into the back country. New to snow shoeing, but a more experienced skier... anyone got some time off that week to show the new guy around a popular powder stash or two along the front range?

Kyle


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Yay...6 days last week in the snow playing! Thx to Shorty for the great ski demo review (ask him to put it here). Found a brand new forum specific to CO skiing. May wanna check it out. (I'm there as Rdy2Ski..which is what I use on the skier forums hahaha). The link is second site in my sig .


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Hey, Lisa,

Once a skibabeage, always a skibabeage! Hope to see you on the forum (although the format looks SUSPICIOUSLY like RC.com! :lol: )

Skibs

PS I might be heading out Janeside this weekend - if not tomorrow early then on Sunday while everyone's watching the Bronco's game.

Yay...I saw your name as most recent registered user. I should probably keep the same names for every forum (duh that would be much easier I know). Gettin lots of days out? Hey are guys getting slammed? The folks I talk to at Breck and KS are really getting the bookings.


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Keystone is having Demo days tomorrow (and today but I'm a little late).


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Hey folks, this is a great thread. I've been lurking for a while and it looks like you've all been having a blast in the back country. I am going to off the week between xmas and new years and am looking to get into the back country. New to snow shoeing, but a more experienced skier... anyone got some time off that week to show the new guy around a popular powder stash or two along the front range?

Kyle

Hey Kyle, you're more than welcome to get out with us. I've got a couple midweek days and Saturdays. Though this Saturday I am doing a little moonlighting at the Wilderness Exchange so I am out. Tuesday and Friday are good this week though.
Monarch pass was pretty good this week (read: SICK) Wannabe, Myself, and Beckerw's SO had a blast. Vince about killed us on the hikes up. That guy is a rocket. I think if we attached tow ropes to him, he still wouldn't break a sweat.
Hit Berthoud pass yesterday with Beckerw, found a tree shot with 3-4ft deep fluffy light pow. We also found a key boulder drop there onto a perfect apron. Unfortunately my skins got snow under them on the hike back up the steep slope and I had to bail out. Will just missed the nice line off of the boulder, but it's definitely one to go back to. It's getting really good out there and we are supposed to get another shot of snow this week.
So Lisa, Kyle you guys definitely need to get in on it. I think Vince said it best on Friday...people pay thousands of dallors to get a helicopter ride to ski what we just did.... 8^).


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Be advised, there will be no rope tows! :D I had a great time on Sat. thank you KC and S. Again, the snow was great!

I caught some sort of stomach virus yesterday and It completely wrecked me. I thought I was going to get out today but I had to put that on hold. I should be out Sat. if anyone wants to get in some turns.

Vince


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I am going out on Friday, if anyone cares to join. I'll probably hit Berthoud Pass, I got a couple of lines in my back pocket that have yet to be done this season. Should be super deep snow. I am also up for some different areas, Willow Creek pass, or Cameron Pass are of interest. Anyone in? Unfortunately I am out for Saturday, I promise I'll be getting weekends sometime around the first of the year.


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Well, Friday was good at the pass, once again. The avy danger is a little high right now, nasty wind slabs, but there was some good stuff in the trees. There is a tenative plan to go down to Monarch pass on Tuesday if anyone cares to join. Somebody down south perhaps?
I'm off on Saturday too, so any of you weekend warriors who want to get out please ring in :P


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