The abbreviated backcountry ski season keeps going. These photos are from a ski outing that Christy, Anda, and I recently made to Hayden Peak and South Hayden.
Technically speaking, there are three different Hayden summits. The most common of the three to see skiers is actually North Hayden Peak, a.k.a Ski Hayden, 13,316 ft., whose triangular north face is in prominent view from Aspen and Aspen Highlands. The middle summit is the tallest of the three at 13,561 ft. and is the true Mount Hayden. In my guess, this summit sees the fewest skiers of the group. The 3rd member of the group, South Hayden Peak, 13,540 ft., is above American Lake, and as the name implies, is the furthest south of the three.
So it was Mount Hayden and South Hayden that we aimed for, and found the snow on the sunny, southeast aspects to be really good spring corn. Conditions are actually holding strong up high and might remain that way now that more typical spring weather is here.