Spring — Below Timberline Skiing — Colorado

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 26, 2017      

Normally, this time of year in Colorado you’ll find nearly all your good late May skiing near and above timberline. This year is different. Though it’s going fast, in places this past week you could work your way down to about 9,000 feet elevation almost totally on snow. And what snow it is, dense like the PNW or Sierra, a bit dirty but not brown with dust as after some winters. The other day I’d been in the West Elk Mountains and noticed one of our favorite lower elevation runs, amazingly, still went to the parking area. Did it one-last-time a couple days ago. A few photos so we can look back years from now and enjoy how the “Big Winter of 2017” panned out.

We did bushwack a bit, I left those photos out, why disturb a good myth?

We did bushwhack a bit, I left those photos out, why disturb a good myth? Click photos to enlarge.

We toured up with Milt Taam, dad of terrific skimo racer Max Taam. He did well for a guy from seal level, good genes that Max clearly inherited.

We toured up with Milt Taam, dad of terrific skimo racer Max Taam. He did well for a guy from seal level, good genes that Max clearly inherited.

Interesting to observe how much of the snowpack this time of year corresponds to timberline.

Interesting to observe how much of the snowpack this time of year corresponds to timberline.

We found quite a bit of perfect 'pre corn' from recent snowfall.

We found quite a bit of perfect ‘pre corn’ from recent snowfall. Milt got nice turns.

This weekend, here in Colorado our beloved Independence Pass is now open. Gets you several above-timberline trailheads. Park and skin. Folks say they’re getting together tomorrow (Saturday, 27th) for an informal BBQ gathering at the upper hairpin turn on Aspen side of the pass. Those gatherings have been fun, check out years past.


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4 Responses to “Spring — Below Timberline Skiing — Colorado”

  1. John May 26th, 2017 11:29 am

    were you on Haystack?

  2. Lou Dawson 2 May 26th, 2017 1:30 pm

    No, over in the West Elks. It was somewhat of a lark to ski at such low elevation this late in May without much dirt, fun. But it’s done now after the last few warm days and nights. Timberline and above is reported to be fantastic. Lou

  3. Tabke May 28th, 2017 9:05 pm

    fat. robust. well fed. curvaceous. voluptuous. rotund. amicable.

  4. Lou Dawson 2 May 28th, 2017 9:08 pm

    Indeed, we experienced an amazing Colorado day, today…

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