With all the warm weather, does anybody know how far the road is open up to Gray's and Torrey's Peaks in the Front Range?
Grays & Torreys conditions?
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I'm far from an expert in the BC genre, but from what I've read and seen, BC conditions this year are either sketchy or scary.
Hope someone who knows the are you're talking about can give you some first hand knowledge.
Many thanks. Actually, I'm a very experienced b/c skier, and the area I'm asking about is my local stomping grounds. I'm just asking if anybody knows if the access road is open yet. In fact, b/c conditions on the CO high peaks are pretty good at this point, if a bit thin and melting rapidly. Indeed, the very warm temperatures may soon bring danger of undermelt avalanches.
Thanks MEFree. I haven't; there are no spring TRs for G&T yet, so it may be nobody's been up there lately. I scoped out the bottom of the road this afternoon and it is clear down low. Emperor Couloir and the other chutes on the N Face are still in, but yes, very thin. I skied Cristo on Quandry last weekend, and it was great, but more like late May than mid-March. I'm thinking of Dead Dog next weekend.
I posted the Quandry/Cristo Couloir climb/ski In the Trip Reports section.Today I skied Dead Dog Couloir on Torrey's Peak, and i'll put up a TR of that as well. If you have a Landcruiser wiht V8 and knoby tires, the road up to Gray's and Torrey's is open ~3/4 of the way. Everybody else parked at the bottom of the road or no more than 1/4 of the way up. On the way out, I pulled out a Frontier 4WD pickup and a Toyota sedan that had gotten stuck in the ditch near the bottom of the road.
If you are thinking of climbing Grays or Torrey's, take crampons. You will be a lot happier.