Independence Pass BBQ 2016 — 23 Years of Brats!

Post by blogger | May 30, 2016      

Always a beautiful thing, 23 years and lots of hot dogs later our informal annual “BBQ on the Pass 2016” saw at least 75 bratwurst consuming ski mountaineers catching up with friends and new friends up on beautiful Independence Pass. Luckily you can access more than a hundred square miles of
ski touring terrain in this area of Colorado, as we counted more than 50 cars full of skiers at the Hairpin trailhead, with reports of at least a hundred cars at the Pass summit. Thanks all for showing up, let’s do it again next year only bigger!

His Blogness keeps the tradition going.

His Blogness keeps the tradition going.

Touring on a fine spring morning.

Touring on a fine spring morning.

Geisler 1 is covered like a whip creme coffee cake.

Geisler 1 is covered like a whip creme coffee cake.

Lap 1, ski Blue Peak. Lap 2 head towards the Geislers. The LaSportiva crew covers ground.

Lap 1, ski Blue Peak. Lap 2 head towards the Geislers. The LaSportiva crew covers ground.

Creamy corn, so delightful.

Creamy corn, so delightful.

Headin for the que.

Headin for the ‘que.

The future. Clark carbos up after his descent.

The future. Clark carbos up after his descent.

It's all about friends and getting out to do it again tomorrow.  Colorado.

It’s all about friends and getting out to do it again tomorrow. Colorado spring 2016.


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8 Responses to “Independence Pass BBQ 2016 — 23 Years of Brats!”

  1. scottmellin May 30th, 2016 3:39 pm

    Thanks for hosting Lou! Great skiing and an amazing scene on Saturday.

  2. Brian May 31st, 2016 8:56 am

    gotta make it out there sometime for the fun!

  3. Lou Dawson 2 May 31st, 2016 9:12 am

    There has been an obvious shift in friendliness over the last decade or so, to the better. I attribute this to a lot of things, including the new generation coming up, and European travel becoming popular and showing folks you can have plenty of fun with more than 2 people per square mile.

    So many wonderful guys and gals showed up on Saturday, thanks to all for the amazing community we have.

  4. UpSki Kevin May 31st, 2016 11:12 am

    Really impressive how big the crowds were on the pass for opening weekend this year. Conditions are excellent- It’s good to see that people have the right idea!

  5. Andrew May 25th, 2017 8:12 am

    Howdy, I was curious if a BBQ has been schedule for 2017? If so, what are the current plans? I apologize if I missed a blog or post about this subject. Thanks!

  6. Indy Skier May 25th, 2017 9:22 am

    Hi Andrew, it’s not a formal event, folks are telling me they’re planning on meeting in the usual spot at 11:00 am, Saturday the 27th. My take is the is basically something that happens every year, we count on seeing lots of friends up there. Folks bring grills to share, and there is usually plenty of food kicking around.

  7. Andrew May 25th, 2017 10:07 am

    Thank you! Is there a back up day in case of weather, or does it happen regardless of conditions?

  8. Lou Dawson 2 May 25th, 2017 10:51 am

    Weather day is the next Saturday, but it usually happens on Memorial Day weekend.

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