This last weekend we saw the avalanche danger decrease a little bit in our neck of the woods. That meant one thing, everyone had big plans for the weekend. After hearing a lot of talk of Marble (and having seen a few mega-group pictures since) we decided on a path slightly less taken. Lynn Sanson offers us his short take on the day…
Saturday dawned clear and cold in the vicinity of the WildSnow HQ, so while our mentor was still going Euro and slamming pastries, Dave, Tobin and I decided on a tour along Huntsman Ridge. Huntsman is the long ridge that extends seemingly forever northward from the top of McClure Pass.
The ridge is characterized by primarily low angle aspen glades to the south and west, which can be fun, but our destination was the more engaging terrain off the east side of the ridge.
Pleasant skinning lead up to the ridge proper giving up fabulous views of Mt. Sopris, the Marble backcountry and the always impressive Chair Mountain. While there are a variety of shots to choose from, we headed for some moderately angled glade skiing known as Riley 1. These glades have a nice northeast aspect that we anticipated would hold some nice powder. A short clip of what we found…
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All in all it was a great day out touring with my son Tobin and neighbor Dave.