Independence Pass Report

Post by blogger | June 13, 2011      

Up there this morning backcountry skiing. Lots of suncups and dinner plates, key is to get perfect window for a given slope, when the sun has softened just enough to be good but not so much to create deep slush. A few fresh slabs have cut out, probably in the afternoons triggered by cornice falls. Coverage of Elks and Sawatch is still amazing. Capitol Peak got skied yesterday, for example.

Backcountry skiing Independence Pass, Colorado.

Some of the larger suncups we skied over this morning, by exploring around you can find slopes that are smoother. Key is to get slope at just the right stage of sun softening. Quite a few skier cars parked, keep the faith!

Most years, by now we’ve had at least one high altitude snowstorm that smoothed out all this rough stuff. Hasn’t happened and is looking unlikely.


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4 Responses to “Independence Pass Report”

  1. Griff June 13th, 2011 5:29 pm

    Just up at Indy Pass on Saturday and skied the East Geissler.

    Window: Started at about 8:45a, climbed it in about 2 hours, had some lunch, took in the view, thanked the ski Gods… and skied down a little after 11:00a. Perfect… not too hard, not to soft, great cover, very little snirt.

    I suggest bringing some fluorinated soft wax… like Dominator Butter… to crayon on and buff in with a white Scotchbrite pad. Did it at the top and it was smooth, fast, stick-free sailing all the way down. I had it on over a hot wax base of Dominator Hydro Yellow (HX-99).

    Unless we get some snow, I’m thinking maybe a few more weeks then it’s time to hike the same terrains… in hiking boots.


  2. Lou June 13th, 2011 5:33 pm

    Good tips Griff, thanks. Graphite snowboard wax works really well too. Was just using it this morning.

    Starting at 8:45 sounds right. If night temps are warmer, earlier start would work.

  3. Griff June 13th, 2011 6:00 pm

    Yeah, it was barely freezing the night before. CAIC reported the temp at the Pass on Friday night was 30º, if I remember properly. YMMV…

  4. Rob Goski June 13th, 2011 7:21 pm

    Thanks for the report! The suncups were pretty bad at & below treeline off Fremont Pass this weekend, and I was hoping Indy Pass may have fared better… but it actually looks a bit worse.

    Don’t matter to me, I’ll be there this week 😀

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