Southern Exposures in Colorado Are Corning Up

Post by blogger | March 20, 2005      

Out yesterday backcountry skiing on Williams Peak near Sunlight Ski area and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This low elevation destination has become popular in recent seasons. It’s mostly avalanche safe because of low angles and timber, and isn’t as sexy as places like Utah, but it actually yields good ski touring if conditions are right. This time of year you can sometimes find nice corn snow on the southerly side of Williams, and that we did. There is plenty more.

People have requested for some time that I publish a how-to for mounting Silvretta Pure bindings. Here you go. We’ll make improvements as comments come in, but it’ll get you there.

Hunter Thompson update: (Last time we go here?) If you’ve read this blog you know we don’t care much for the notion of Thompson’s suicide being “courageous” or “noble,” as some pundits have termed it. To put that in perspective, we’ve heard rumor of copycat suicide attempts recently occuring in this area (Aspen). If your teenager tried to take their own life because they heard about the Great Gonzo doing it, how noble does that make his act?

Backcountry skiing tip? Check here tomorrow — We’re going skiing.


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