A 2020 spring trip in to ski the East Face of “Siberia Peak” deep in the Elk Mountains
The big East Face of Snowmass Mountain is one of the best 14er ski descents in the Elk Mountains.
Sometime around mid-August we are all ready for a break from the summer season. Between the traffic and resulting people, the heat and the apex of the busy work season, the overall hectic pace of life in and around Aspen usually results in a desire to just 'get out' for a bit. Sometimes all that is needed is some sort of catalyst. Saturday was my birthday. And with that said, the trip up to the remote lakes bearing the name...
At 13,988 ft., Grizzly Peak is the tallest 13er in the state and a regular on many ski mountaineers spring tick list. Dirk and I found it in pretty good shape last Thursday. [singlepic=13,361,500,,center] Technically, Grizzly falls in the Sawatch Range and not in the Elks but with popular access beginning a short way up Independence Pass on the Aspen side, it feels pretty local. If you put together a list...
Memorial Day Weekend - The Official Summer Kickoff Someone needs to let Snowmass Lake know it's Memorial Day weekend and not midwinter. It's still totally frozen up there. Christy, Josh Hirshberg and I headed that way last Saturday for a few days. Getting up the 8 mile trail is adventure enough for most. We had two peaks to ski-- Snowmass Mountain and Hagerman Peak. Christy was happy that what in...
Route: West Face Team: Ted, Christy, Dirk Bockelmann Take two. I skied "on" Snowmass Mountain back in 2002, but couldn't claim it as a summit descent. So after Pikes Peak last week, I rallied Dirk and Christy for what has become our annual Memorial Day Weekend 14er ski trip and we headed over to Marble. A new side of the mountain (in '02 I was on the east side) would...
Route: East Face Team: Ted, Jeremy Barbin Snowmass Mountain has always been a favorite. Part of its allure lies in its remoteness, the fact that you can only really see it from other exciting locales. Backpacks, peak climbs and backcountry ski tours bring the mountain into sight, when I see it I must be doing something fun, like a reward for getting out. The average person has no clue it's...
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