It had been snowing lately and that's a great thing. What's even better is that it hadn't really been snowing in the Boulder area but the mountains are getting plenty. Unfortunately, my man didn't get a season pass so we can't quite hit the resorts if we want to spend some time skiing together. I mostly got it because my parents were going to be in town for 10 days after Christmas and again a couple weeks in March.
So what's a girl to do? Follow the man into the backcountry. Skiing the backcountry is tricky, mostly because no one is out there packing down the snow therefore you need SO MUCH MORE than the resorts need to make for an actual skiable slope. The plus side? You access unlimited ski lines of untouched powder. So basically, be patient and then go explore. We had heard that Cameron Pass had some of the best pow-pow in the state (this was of course before the big storms down in the San Juans), so we decided to plan to go the weekend of December 16th. We geared up and hit the road on Sunday. It's a two and a half hour drive so we left at 7am. The drive was mellow and gorgeous. I was getting nervous since once the GPS said we had 20 miles to go, there was still no snow at all!!
Not to worry, there was plenty of snow by the time we got to the top of the pass. We got ready in bitter cold and started skinning up. The skin track up was fairly steep, but I was able to stay just behind Chuck. I was proud of myself. It didn't stop snowing so the visibility was not ideal, but I was excited to "taste" the powder.
|The pack survived after being buried for 7 minutes. Yay|
|I was taking the picture from higher up, Chuck explaining Drew how to turn and Drew... well, trying to get up.|
I was happy I did because it got DAMN cold and windy. The guys showed up shortly after me and said they had done one more run and while they were planning on exploring more, decided not to since it was getting blizzardy up there. It was a good day for me, regardless. The first day out in the backcountry is always hard, but I was happy I kept it short, but fulfilling.
|Back at the car... I was COLD!|