Backcountry Skiing News Roundup


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 20, 2006      

An Aspen Times article reports that Chris Davenport’s fourteener skiing project is off to a slow start. (He’s trying to be the first guy to ski them all in one season.) Chris was planning on hitting it fairly hard starting January one, but most of Colorado has been stormy, while the southern part of the state has remained quite dry. Many of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners are no doubt skiable at this time, but the big lines may not be safe — and since Chris is all about big lines, I can see why he’s biding his time. Nonetheless, many of us wish he’d get off the ski lifts and start climbing!

Jackson Hole isn’t the only place with parking problems on the “pass.” In Colorado, Loveland Pass is seeing huge crowds, including night time mobs enjoying the full moon and partying down. Problem is, Loveland is used by hazmat trucks that aren’t allowed in the I70 Eisenhower tunnel, and the backcountry raver’s parking is narrowing the road, thus making it hard for the trucks to negotiate. It all came to a head last Saturday night when the state patrol tried to get things in order. I laughed out loud at this quote in the Summit Daily News, from a State Patrol captain: “The last thing in the world we’d want is a truck of jet fuel running over some snowboarder crossing the road.” Sounds like the trucks might not have been the only things full of jet fuel.

And lastly, Ski Press News reports that a new ski resort will be built in Siberia. I’ve got my tickets already, how about you? It’s unknown how much backcountry skiing will be accessed by the ski lifts, but one can surmise from the resort drawing below. Possible backcountry routes added by yours truly.

Siberia Yurmanka Mountain ski resort, opening is planned for November 2006. Although it looks suspiciously like an aspen leaf, we are certain this is unintentional. Or is it?

Siberia Yurmanka Mountain ski resort, opening is planned for November 2006. Although it looks suspiciously like an aspen leaf, we are certain this is unintentional. Or is it?



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One Response to “Backcountry Skiing News Roundup”

  1. Chris Davenport January 21st, 2006 6:25 am

    Hi Lou,
    Glad you saw the article in the Times. They were wondering why I had nothing to report yet. It is true that I’m anxious to get started, but all the new snow over the last three weeks, combined with a week in Canada last week, has left little opportunity to get out there and get going. But it looks like we are coming into an extended period of high pressure, which is just what I was hoping for. This period of time should allow the snowpacks over in Summit County and the Alma and Leadville Zones to set up and sort themselves out.

    We are shooting for our first peak on Sunday, which could be either Mt. Lincoln, Quandary Peak, or perhaps Mt. Bierstadt. (easy ones first) If things feel good on those peaks I may check out a couple Sawatch peaks next week, but then its work time with Winter X rolling into town. The first week of February should be big, and my goal is to have ten done by the end of February. We’ll see what happens. The silver lining in this late start is that it has been snowing hard in the northern and central mountains, and that bodes well for steep, spring descents.

    Best, Chris

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