A day on Bald Mountain (Baldy)
The day started at 6:00 driving up to the gate on French Gulch Road. We unloaded our bikes and continued another couple miles by bike. We started hiking at the next gate. We scrambled through the trees and rested above treeline. From there we were walking some on snow, some on rocks and earth. When we reached the main run, we put our boots on and kicked our way up.
There was from 2 - 6 inches of sun softened snow on top of hard snow and blue ice. In some places (near rocks) we postholed. Skiing down was very nice. The soft snow wasn't very supportive so our turns were mostly skidded as it peeled away.
All in all a very pleasant day as the winds were light and the clouds didn't build up until we were on the descent.
biking to the beginning of the climb
Pikes Peak in the distance
Breckenridge and beyond
looking down the run
the end of the run