14er Ski Descents – Holy Cross – February 27, 2010
Route: North Ridge
Team: Ted, Christy, Dirk Bockelmann
Trying to keep the momentum going, we headed down to Holy Cross. The three of us headed up the road on snowmobile, all the way to the Halfmoon Pass summer trailhead.
Earlier we had discussed the options, and knowing the avy risk was higher than we usually like, we decided we should stick to the more mellow North Ridge of the mountain, and forgo the more exciting Cross Couloir for another time. Sure enough, there was a good amount of settling as we made our way over the pass and a small pocket of snow pulled out as we descended to Cross Creek.
The North Ridge proved to be OK though. It’s pretty wind scoured and thin which isn’t necessarily good for skiing, but what makes for good skiing is often very slide-prone, so we were happy with the safer option. The weather was overcast, and the wind knocked the enjoy-ability factor down a few notches, but we made it to the summit and down safely. Someday we’ll have to return to get Christy a Cross Couloir descent.