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Summit County Feb 21-March 8

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I'll be heading to Summit County from Feb 21-March 8, and will be mostly skiing Breckenridge with some days at Abasin and Vail (Epic pass), and it would be great to make some turns with others who like to ski more challenging terrain and possibly some sidecountry.

 

As for my abilities, I am a competent skiier.  At Breck in the past, I've spent most of my time in the trees off of peak 10, lapping the 6 chair or the imperial lift.  I've comfortably skied needles eye, lake chutes, etc., so I'm generally game for skiing anything inbounds.  This brings me to the next part...

 

I would really like to access the sidecountry at Breckenridge through the new gates at peak 10 and 7, but without a knowledgable partner I would stay away, due to my limited knowledge skiing backcountry. 

 

I don't mind a hike so I'm all for bootpacking, and I have a day wrecker rig if need be.

post #2 of 8
Given our snowpack, the side country isn't very safe. We have a lot of old weak facet snow and unstable snow pack.
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Yeah.  I am pretty aware of the current snowpack (today has been pretty crazy), which is why I would stick to lower pitch areas such at peak 6 or baldy if need be.

 

Have many people been accessing much through the gates at breckenridge this season with the current snowpack?

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Last week, ski patrol was heading out the gates over by peak 10.  They had a small group of skiers going out with them. However,as the day warmed up, you could see small slough from steeper, east facing aspects. I wouldn't head side country w/o an avy equiped buddy...

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The upper mountain has only been open for a week or two. I don't know how much side country stuff is going on.  However, this is one of the worst years in recent history for the stability of the snow pack, and that's saying something for Colorado, where our snow pack is often unstable.  We've had several deaths INBOUNDS.  The cover is thin as the snowpack is low and we've had a lot of wind.  Not only do you have to worry about stability, but also about the crap (rocks, stumps, logs, etc.) that is obscured by not much snow.

 

Perhaps you know what you are doing.  I, on the other hand, am skiing out of bounds only with a cat operation.

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

The upper mountain has only been open for a week or two. I don't know how much side country stuff is going on.  However, this is one of the worst years in recent history for the stability of the snow pack, and that's saying something for Colorado, where our snow pack is often unstable.  We've had several deaths INBOUNDS.  The cover is thin as the snowpack is low and we've had a lot of wind.  Not only do you have to worry about stability, but also about the crap (rocks, stumps, logs, etc.) that is obscured by not much snow.

 

Perhaps you know what you are doing.  I, on the other hand, am skiing out of bounds only with a cat operation.

 

Mike



Which cat operation?

 

post #7 of 8
My buds and I are hitting Powder Addiction next Saturday. They run out of Jones Pass, above Empire.
post #8 of 8

Just went out with them on the 16th. Had an absolutely AMAZING time. Jamie Wolter runs an excellent outfit with very experienced and really nice guides. (good lunches too!)

 

The Jones Pass area is spectacularly beautiful. The snowpack this year is unstable and a bit thin, but the conditions were excellent in their territory and they know it so well that they produced beautiful fresh tracks through creamy powder every, every run. Wow.

 

Have Fun and Be Safe!

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