14er Ski Descents – Sunshine Peak – May 24, 1999
Route: Northwest Face
Team: Ted (solo)
Having just skied Redcloud Peak, and with the clouds keeping the conditions cool, I put the skins back on and headed for the saddle between the two summits. With some booting required, I gained the ridge and from there it’s easy work to Sunshine’s summit- just a foot over the 14K mark. The Northwest Face has a great line on it, in a simple sense— even pitched and sustained angle. With a few inches of new snow deposited from the passing storms, it was right at the top of my comfort zone for a solo ski.
Back down at the truck I crawled in my sleeping bag while and read for a bit, before driving up the Cinnamon Pass Road to where it splits with the American Basin trailhead. I’d sleep there and hit Handies Peak in the morning.