BBQ Corn Skiing — Marble, Colorado

Post by blogger | April 20, 2009      
Marble backcountry skiing.

Marble backcountry skiing.

A study in contrast (or lack thereof) was the weekend theme for team WildSnow as we eschewed the crowds up at Aspen Highlands and forayed with the few and the brave up to Marble Peak for a weekend of crisp white 100% human fueled bliss. First, a bit of storm skiing on Saturday provided us with just enough photons to fuel smiles (and appetites for Woody’s BBQ).

The storm cleared out Saturday night, thus providing contrast of a bluebird Sunday of the sort you read about in the magazines or guide service brochures. Puffy clouds here and there for effect, but mostly a deep azure sky and enough heat on the snow to dissolve any crust and make for two big laps of inimitably perfect creamed semi-corn.

Marble Colorado back country skiing.

I love this image we grabbed as the weather moved around on Saturday. The day was one of those with misty clouds near overhead, but a sun lurking out there for just enough contrast to make something more than an ‘inside the egg’ photo of my bride. Click to enlarge.
Backcountry Skiing

Best, the place wasn't mobbed -- only a few friendly souls showed up who'd avoided the lure of mountain biking or riding the cable.

Backcountry Skiing

Lisa on her way down Sunday on our second lap, headed for you know where.

Ok, so what did we have at Woody’s? Lisa imbibed a world-class burger constructed with black angus beef. You should have seen that thing disappear. Wonder. St. Louie ribs were my choice — after all, when one encounters eponymous victuals, the choice is kinda made for you. The ribs virtually fell off the bone into my greedy maw. Desert, extreme chocolate cake.

Marble report: A few days of velvet will ski a good as ever, till the lurking dust layer shows its evil visage. I estimate perhaps three days of good backcountry skiing up to timberline (such as the usual Marble shots) then it’s time to go higher into the alpine unless we get a snow surface renewal. See you up there.


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4 Responses to “BBQ Corn Skiing — Marble, Colorado”

  1. Mark April 20th, 2009 11:52 am

    Fantastic. I’d be skiing today, except that RMNP and environs got around 4 feet of fluff in the megastorm so avy hazard is huge. That and the fact that my first kid should be born any day means I’m staying close to home.

  2. Lou April 20th, 2009 12:18 pm

    Wow, first kid? Let us know when it happens!

  3. Melissa McManus April 23rd, 2009 9:54 pm

    Hi Lou, Well, this is bit strange but my BC setup disappeared somewhere between Catherine’s Store and City Market going up valley. A windy day ripped my rocket box apart and the only skis missing were my BD Havocs with a dynafit binding. Light enough to fly away I guess. Do you have a spot on your blog for lost and found?

    So sorry for your loss of your Dad. It sounds like he had a great life and what a son!!!

  4. Lou April 24th, 2009 5:02 am

    Wow Melissa, that is a disaster! Lot’s of people will see these comments and we’ve had good results with this sort of thing before, but no, I don’t have a specific place for lost/found.

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