I feel a bit like a broken record. Yet another spectacular bluebird day in the Colorado backcountry.
Left my house at 4:25am and picked up Jamie. Then quickly headed down to South Boulder, to grab a pair of skis and skins from a friend. My skis had a fairly catastrophic break. The second time with the same pair of skis. Won’t be getting them again.
Catastrophic Failure. [Photo: Aaron Rice]
Skis in hand (well, trunk) we headed up to clear creek county. We were skinning by 6:15, right as the sun was rising.
Sun peaking out. [Photo: Aaron Rice]
We skinned up at a moderate pace. I was certainly the one slowing us down. I had forgotten how much of a difference Dynafit bindings make. I was on an old pair of Naxos. Technically a free pivot, but it is still very heavy and the pivot point is about 4 inches in front of the toe of the boot. The heavy gear along with a hard PT session last night, and needless to say I was dragging.
Bluebird, 25°, and some wind. [Photo: Aaron Rice]
When we finally hit the ridge we weren’t sure how the snow quality would be. It was a bit variable on the way up. When we dropped though it was amazing! The snow was fluffy and fun. We were worried about a dust on crust scenario, but it was far from it.
Jamie dropped first and I was able to snag Garuka Bar shot 5 of 6. huh
Garuka Bar 5 of 6. [Skier: Jamie Seiffer, Photo: Aaron Rice]
He then made some beautiful powder turns to about halfway down.
Jamie making tight and deep pow turns! [Skier: Jamie Seiffer, Photo: Aaron Rice]
The snow was a bit more firm on the second half of the slope. I led the way and opened it up a bit.
Letting the skis do the work. [Photo: Aaron Rice]
All in all a great morning! And we were back in boulder at 10:30 for work.
Doesn’t get much better than that[Photo: Aaron Rice]