Colorado Backcountry Skiing Stays Amazing (June 15, 2005)

Post by blogger | June 15, 2005      

Aside from a mid-week warming trend that shut things down a bit, Colorado backcountry skiers have been nailing terrific lines that are usually out of condition by this time. On North Maroon Peak, Bob Perlmutter and Neal Beidelman skied the famous north face Stammberger Route (IV D14 R3) this past Tuesday, while Monday morning Dave Bourassa and friends had a fine adventure in the Bell Cord Couloir between South and North Maroon. Elsewhere, people have dropped many other excellent lines, such as the north face of fourteener Mount Democrat (IV D7 R2).

You probably notice the funny looking number/letter combos in the text above. Those are “D System” difficulty ratings. We’ve been doing a huge amount of work on this new rating system. I’m certain it’ll be useful for guidebook writing — am using it in the new edition of my Colorado fourteeners guidebook. Whether it catches on for general use is an open question — we’ll find out in a few seasons. In the meantime, the only way the D System will work correctly is if we have a big list of examples, preferably routes that are somewhat known in the backcountry skiing and riding community. If you care to contribute an example route, please check the list here and email me your examples using the “contact” option in our website menus.


Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


  Your Comments

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube


  • Blogroll & Links

  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version