Independence Pass is scheduled to open this Thursday (May 22) at 2:00 pm. The week or so before the gate is unlocked is heaven for bike riders. With no cars on the road, you can pedal up to the top of the Rockies in peace. I called up my friend Liz and we did just that, along with a recon for ski mountaineering.
Our last few winters of drought and dirt have almost destroyed the long season of spring corn skiing we once enjoyed. With recent storms adding a layer of snow on top of the “snirt,” this spring might be different. Liz and I were psyched to hop on our bikes and check out what lay ahead for our backcountry ski plans this weekend.
For more information about the backcountry skiing possibilities on Independence Pass, check out Backcountry Skiing Colorado.