Summer Skiing Still Going Off in Colorado!

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We got an alpine start and headed up to ski the tuning fork earlier this week. Right away we both saw the stunning East facing line off Grizzly Peak D.

Grizzly Couloir again [Photo: Aaron Rice]
Grizzly Couloir again [Photo: Aaron Rice]
We decided to ski Grizzly Couloir instead. It’s high walls and very thin but continuous strip of snow made it a very aesthetic line, though the snow left a bit to be desired.

Booting up talus is a fact of summer skiing. [Photo: Aaron Rice, Pictured: Mike Olsen]
Booting up talus is a fact of summer skiing. [Photo: Aaron Rice, Pictured: Mike Olsen]
The skiing was thin and great!

Fun thin skiing! [Photo: Aaron Rice, Skier: Mike Olsen]
Fun thin skiing! [Photo: Aaron Rice, Skier: Mike Olsen]
There was a good bit of ice in the snow and a bunch of fallen rocks on the snow, but the middle section was soft and smooth, just the way snow should be in late July!

surprisingly great snow in spots! [Photo: Aaron Rice, Skier: Mike Olsen]
FInding the goods [Photo: Aaron Rice, Skier: Mike Olsen]
With our early start we still had time to ski the Tuning Fork. So we booted up until a storm started threatening. With a bit of rain, I couldn’t grab my camera – so no ski shots from the Tuners. We skied down from just above the fork. The snow was a tad firm, but it’s great to be up in the mountains, skiing some bigger lines in late July!!

 

The Tuning Fork [Photo: Aaron Rice, Pictured: Mike Olsen]
The Tuning Fork [Photo: Aaron Rice, Pictured: Mike Olsen]
Finish this off with the explosions of color from the wildflowers on the way out and one last look at the Grizzly Couloir!! What a line!

Grizzly Couloir [Photo: Aaron Rice]
Grizzly Couloir [Photo: Aaron Rice]

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One thought on “Summer Skiing Still Going Off in Colorado!

  1. there’s wayy better summer shredding out there, just get away from the cities 😉 (ie… out of the states)

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