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Belleview Mountain

Belleview Mountain

A seen form Thunder Pyramid across the valley. the Northeast Couloir is marked.

The stormy spring weather continues, and there’s wintery snow everywhere up high. We recently went to Belleview Mountain, 13,233 ft. up the West Maroon Valley, a peak that Christy and I have been eying to ski for a while. read more>>>

Centennial Skiers – Pigeon & Turret

[I originally posted this on Centennialskiers.com, a report from our ski trip to Pigeon and Turret peaks.]

Centennial Skiers on turret peak

On Turret’s summit.

We sat on the tracks and waited. In all of our trips to the Weminuche Wilderness we’ve never seen the train run late. Ideas were floated as to what could explain the delay— rockfall or a mudslide that blocked the tracks seemed the most plausible explanation. But as our patience got tested, the notion that maybe a “zombie apocalypse” occurred while we were away became the most entertaining scenario to consider. We pondered the decisions that would have to be made in that event. We would stay where we were, in the little outpost of Needleton. Ian said we could likely hold off the zombies at the bridge. read more>>>

Potosi Peak

North Couloir of Potosi Peak

Joey skis the top of the North Couloir on Potosi Peak while Christy watches from above.

Potosi Peak, 13,786 feet, is at the east end of the Sneffels Range. Its flat summit is unique for the area and stands out when seen among a sea of jagged San Juan peaks. From most vantage points it would appear that skiing from the summit wouldn’t be possible, but somewhat hidden from view is a steep, north-facing couloir, one that is pretty tough to get to, but well worth the trip. read more>>>

Mount Raoul

Christy Mahon on the summit of Mount Raoul

On the summit of Mount Raoul, 13,803 ft. Castle Peak is the high summit in the distance.

Christy, Joey, and I skied Mount Raoul last weekend, a local summit just west of Castle Peak named in honor of the late Raoul Wille. read more>>>

Taylor and Star

Christy Mahon, Taylor Star tour

Christy drops in for the third ski of the tour.


They’re right in our backyard yet somehow Christy and I had never skied Taylor Peak or Star Peak. It was time.

We caught a really good view of the 13,000 foot summits last week on our flight to CB for the Grand Traverse. Armed with a couple of photos and a good idea of the terrain having skied up in the Ashcroft area for so many years, we finally went out to get them checked off the list. read more>>>

2015 Elk Mountains Grand Traverse

Taylor Pass on the grand traverse

On the route between Taylor Pass and Barnard Hut at daybreak.

Christy and I completed another Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, our 14th, and 8th time as a coed duo. We just can’t stay away.

The annual ski race/pilgrimage From Crested Butte to Aspen started at midnight on Friday and sent 215 teams of two on the 40 mile journey. read more>>>