You know those machines that spurt out perfectly whirled ice cream? That’s what Independence Pass, Colorado looks like this spring. They’re saying 300% of normal and of that I have no doubt. We of course had to go do a taste test. Weather a bit funky, windy chilly, but man oh man, things are filled in and ready to rock. More, the snowpack is so thick and solid that you could do all sorts of lengthy tours, even perhaps staying out all day so long as you were off the steeps by the time the snow gets heated. Check it out.
We got in a couple of laps today, dodging the wind by stripping skins a bit lower than normal. Used our pickup camper as a portahut. Sweet. At the trailhead we backed into the snowpack so we had ski-in access to our digs. Doesn’t get any better.
For info on skiing Inde, check out the Independence Pass guidebook website we’re working on. It’s really really hard work, especially the field research.