Our 2011-12 ski season salvage operation has come to a close. Two weeks in Canada and a week in the Northwest helped make up for the somewhat lackluster winter we had in Aspen. Now it’s time for summer.
There’s a small chance we’ll ski again here in Colorado, but for now, Christy and I figure Mount Baker was our last day of this year’s season. It was a good last run.
Five of us– Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan, Ian Fohrman, Christy, and I– along with some other locals who joined us for the day, climbed and skied the Coleman-Deming route. It’s a trade route of sorts, but clearly a preferred ski route as well, at least judging by the dozens of other skiers up there with us. Like many of the peaks we visited over the week, the massive vertical of the ski (~8,000 feet) gave us all types of snow– frozen up top, softening in the middle, and corn down low. It skied better and better the further down we went, and we had snow all the way to the trailhead.
Not only was it our last run of the year, but it was also the last run of the Volcano Tour. Before we skied, as the five of us sat on the 10,770 foot summit on yet another perfect day, we were talking about how all good things must come to an end. If that’s really the case, then I think we picked a great final day.