Conundrum Peak doesn’t make the cut as an official 14er according to the Colorado Mountain Club and the 300′ rule. But the Conundrum Couloir that splits its east face is such a classic climb and ski that it deserves a spot on every Colorado ski mountaineers checklist.
A friend told me that the recent fall weather was coming in as snow up in Montezuma Basin, and that the skiing was actually pretty good. Better yet, the road was still mostly dry and you could drive high up the road. So we headed up there this past weekend with our rock skis to see what it was like.
Overall the coverage for skiing was pretty thin. But half the thrill on an outing to Conundrum Couloir is the climb. If the skiing isn’t perfect, that’s OK. Sometimes it’s just fun to be out on the skis this time of year.
That said, like most fall skiing, be prepared for super-thin conditions. And if that’s OK, and you’re really eager to put on the skis, you might find it’s worth the trip.