14er Ski Descents – Mount Evans – May 24, 2009
Route: Northeast Face
Team: Ted, Christy
This was the final day of Christy’s super-busy 2009 spring. The day after skiing Wetterhorn Peak, a spring storm moved in and closed the road to the summit of Pike’s Peak. Upon being turned around at the gate on Pikes, we decided to high-tail up to Evans and salvage the day– it was Memorial Day Weekend and the Mount Evans Highway had just opened.
It was a wet storm day, not so brutal as to keep us from pulling it off, but just enough to make the day a challenge. We parked at the Summit Lake parking area and walked the highway to the bottom of the Northeast Face. The skinning was easy from there, and the stormi-ness of the day actually allowed us to ski right from the benchmark above the summit parking area, down the hiking trail, and back to the NE Face. Soaked through, we walked back to the truck on the highway and headed back to Aspen, calling it the end of our 2009 season.