Summer Skiing, St. Mary’s Glacier, Colorado

Post by blogger | June 21, 2017      

We don’t have much in the way of glaciers here in Colorado. So we just name anything a “glacier” and then we’re good. St. Mary’s is near Denver, a patch of snow that gets wind loaded from a gigantic fetch zone and lasts into summer. Fun to visit. We’ve had dry weather for a few weeks, thus no skiffs of new snow to even out the sun cups. Rough. I got one more test of the Elan Ibex84 skis, me like.

Yours truly, on the 'glacier,' St Mary lake below.

Yours truly, on the ‘glacier,’ St Mary lake below.

Our possible goal for the day was actually James Peak, on horizon in this photo.

Our possible goal for the day was actually the Colorado Front Range classic James Peak, on horizon in this photo. Remember what I wrote above about “fetch?” Well, you’re looking at the fetch in this photo. Most snow gets blown off the tundra and ends up down below on the glacier. Come springtime you soon have bare tundra. Nice flowers. Sublime hiking. Additional miles of ski boot foot abuse wasn’t in the plan so we swung around and skied.

Literally thousands of people enjoy this area, it's rather maxed out but nice to see everyone outside.

Literally thousands of people enjoy this area, it’s rather maxed out but nice to see everyone outside.

Dirt hiking to a snow patch, punching my man card.

Dirt hiking to a summer snow patch, punching my Colorado man card.

Summer skiing at its finest.

Summer skiing at its finest.


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4 Responses to “Summer Skiing, St. Mary’s Glacier, Colorado”

  1. Samo June 21st, 2017 12:28 pm

    Here in eastern alps even after low snow season we can still do some ski touring. Around here Johannisberg, Ankogel and Hochalmspitze still offer very good skiing.
    In june I made five ski tours on Elan Ibex 84 and new Slatnar touring bindings. Bindings are used also by Davo Karni?ar, who is planning to ski K2 in next few weeks. You can see the set here:

  2. Kam June 22nd, 2017 12:46 pm

    Are those Elans symmetric or do they use the asymmetrical design Elan is known for?

  3. Samo June 22nd, 2017 1:31 pm

    All new Elan touring skis are lucky symmetric so at some damage on the edges you still have some options. I think asymmetric design is not very useful especially at freeride and touring skis. Maybe it can be handy at highly carving skis. I would also prefer sidewall construction.

  4. Joe John June 22nd, 2017 1:57 pm

    Way to go Lou!

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