Ski Touring Party on the Pass 2018


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 29, 2018      
About 60 people showed up this year, coming and going. Panorama by Dick Jackson, click to enlarge.

About 60 people showed up this year, coming and going. Yeah, our snow this year is a bit sparse, yet be assured, skiing was had. Panorama by Dick Jackson, click to enlarge.

We’ve been doing this for about thirty years now (an early one), getting together with friends for a skier’s tailgate gathering on Independence Pass, Colorado. Usually on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Over the years, the informal event has become a wonderful celebration of ski touring’s variety. All ages, nice mix of guys and gals, all types of gear, even a few veggie burgers find their way to the grill. Our sport has indeed evolved. Sure, a few more people out there (more skiers on the Pass this spring than I’ve ever seen), but fun is had by all. Dick Jackson, founder of Aspen Expeditions guide service, snapped the pics herein. Thanks everyone for showing up, see you next year!

Tailgating always a hit.

Tailgating always a hit.

Busted, Jackson and I show up at Party on the Pass to meet girls.

Busted, Jackson and I show up at Party on the Pass to meet girls.

Exchanging avalanche safety tips, or discussing world peace? Commenters please let us know.

Exchanging avalanche safety tips, or discussing world peace? Commenters please let us know.

The photographer himself.

The official event photographer himself.

And yours truly on the grill.

And yours truly on the grill.



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5 Responses to “Ski Touring Party on the Pass 2018”

  1. Scott S Allen May 29th, 2018 12:50 pm

    How are conditions on the pass?
    Any recommendations for what is currently in?
    Thanks

  2. Lou Dawson 2 May 29th, 2018 5:41 pm

    Hi Scott, the highest altitude northerly stuff is the smoothest, people are skiing Grizzly Chute and reporting it fairly smooth. Lots of hiking, but not all that different than perhaps a week or two later during a normal year. More suncups than normal, and more areas that are discontinuous probably due to early season snow getting stripped by the wind then never getting renewed. Lou

  3. Nick Gassaway May 30th, 2018 1:49 am

    Hi Lou,

    Using this Memorial Day weekend event to gauge AT growth — if there were a ‘couple hundred’ in attendance in 2001, what was the count last weekend?

    Thanks.

    Nick

  4. Lou Dawson 2 May 30th, 2018 8:18 am

    Hi Nick, each year seems to vary quite a bit in terms of the BBQ, depends on weather, type of season, not to mention how much effort we put into counting numbers, etc. I can tell you that those first few mornings on the Pass summit I saw more skiers and their cars than ever. Ski touring growth was in double digits for a while with an obvious doubling time of around 7 years, based on my observations of trailhead parking, I think it’s somewhere in the middle single digits now, still significant as the growth is compound. BTW, Use of ski touring bindings at resorts is still increasing by double digits, but has no direct relationship to increase in ski touring.

  5. UpSki Kevin June 3rd, 2018 7:59 am

    looks barren… but I bet you guys had a really good time anyway. Sorry I couldn’t make it!





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