Colorado Redemption — May Storms Bring the Goods

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More than anything, the twists and turns of weather dictate the spring rhythms of a ski mountaineer. Here in central Colorado, in April a big dust storm blew in and coated everything with muck, the resulting “snirt” (snow-dirt) made skiing unpleasant at best. Hiking and mountain biking were looking good. Then a monster storm blew in a bit over a week ago, coated everything in glowing white, and we’ve been hitting it ever since. In fact, the Elk Mountains near here got so caked that difficult 14er Capitol Peak got skied yesterday by a number of people, including Brittany Walker, who is the second woman to ski it and is well on her way to having skied all 54 Colorado ‘teeners. Check her blog here. Congratulations Brittany!

On top of that, Jarrett Luttrell bagged what is probably the first snowboard descent of Capitol, and gets within one peak of being the first guy to snowboard them all. Congrats to Jarrett as well!

Back when the big May storm hit, Louie and I headed up to Marble for some pow. Check out the resulting vid Louie put together of our little father/son expedition. I’m the stiff skier, he’s the loose one (grin) with the white POC helmet. We shot the vids with our point-and-shoot cams.

May Day powder skiing from Louie Dawson on Vimeo.

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6 Responses to “Colorado Redemption — May Storms Bring the Goods”

  1. michael Kennedy May 10th, 2010 7:41 am

    Nice turns for an old guy!

  2. Jack Crognale May 10th, 2010 11:46 am

    Nice turns nice, tunes!! Your killing me. I am glad somebody’s getting it.

  3. Lou May 10th, 2010 11:55 am

    MK, yeah, pretty good for a pair of boots two sizes too big with two pair of thick socks. At least my toes will be with me when I return from AK (grin).

  4. Francisco May 10th, 2010 5:58 pm

    Healthy, well meaning jealousy. If such thing exists, thats what I’m feeling now.

  5. Brittany May 10th, 2010 6:46 pm

    Thanks for the congrats Lou! Can’t wait to have this project behind me with only 4 left to go :) Capital is quite the peak! I can honestly say I’ll never go back- at least not for a ski. Thank goodness Jordan is a tad crazy, going back for a SECOND ski. We owe him so much for all his help yesterday!

  6. Lou May 10th, 2010 7:21 pm

    I should have also mentioned Matt Kamper but didn’t have his name till a few hours ago. Good to have an ER doc up there with you, eh? Congratulations Matt!

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