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Keystone "Resort Slackcountry" 1/16/09

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Since Summit Co. hasn't seen a lot of snow recently, we hiked the Keystone bowls. We hiked from North Peak and dropped in Erickson Bowl and also took the Outback cat and hiked along the ridge of North Bowl to drop in Christmas Tree. It's wind blown at the very top, but once you drop in the snow was nice and the trees are holding plenty of powder shots. We shot video of the day and will be doing a video podcast/webisode for "Front Range Ski Life." Stay tuned.

Here's some stills from the video.

Dropping in Erickson Bowl.


At the bottom of Erickson Bowl.


Hiking along the North Bowl ridge.
post #2 of 10
Only one word...
post #3 of 10
With the exception of that last pic, it looks flat just like the rest of Keystone. Perhaps I've never been shown the nice areas, but I've never really been a fan of Keystone.
post #4 of 10
Nice! Haven't had the pleasure of Erikson Bowl, but I thoroughly enjoyed North Bowl. Dem'z da goodz!
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Perhaps I've never been shown the nice areas
Yup.

We keep those to ourselves!



Keystone is not known for steeps, but there are some, if you know where to find them, and there is a lot of very good gladed tree skiing as well. Unfortunately, virtually every storm this season has pretty much missed Keystone, so it is a bit thin off-piste.

Best regards,
Bob
post #6 of 10
I love Keystone. Nice pics.
post #7 of 10
Nice Pics. Glad you got it while it was good. We did the Erickson hike on Sunday, and unfortunately, my two words would be "sun crust". There were some good turns, but they were mixed in with a whole bunch of really bad ones. The crust was even present deep in the trees and there just wasn't enough room to bust the crust, make a turn, and avoid the trees (you could pick any two ). Needless to say, things got a bit ugly at times on the way out.

Looks like the upper bowl must have slid too. On Sunday, the landings were all marred by massive avalanche debris.

I think that the best turns left on the mountain might be in the North-ish facing trees once you get through the North Peak gate. I was probing on the way up and that snow felt universally good (and nobody had gotten to it yet). Probably hike to tree line and then drop in. That's what we should have done, but the snow had been holding up well the day before and I wanted to ski Erickson.

Unfortunately, as Bob mentioned, the rest of the mountain is pretty thin. Lots of rocks showing through on anything that isn't groomed. Keystone is desperately in need of another storm.
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Unfortunately, as Bob mentioned, the rest of the mountain is pretty thin. Lots of rocks showing through on anything that isn't groomed. Keystone is desperately in need of another storm.
From your lips to God's ears!
post #9 of 10
From my past experiences Keystone tends to miss out on the big storms that Breck gets and Breck misses out on the big storms that Keystone gets.
post #10 of 10
I've skied Keystone quite a few times and have never found any great terrain that wasn't "hike-to." The last time I was there this season, the tree runs had pretty bad coverage. I'm open to suggestions on where to go though! My inbox is open for messages containing "the goods!"

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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post
Yup.

We keep those to ourselves!



Keystone is not known for steeps, but there are some, if you know where to find them, and there is a lot of very good gladed tree skiing as well. Unfortunately, virtually every storm this season has pretty much missed Keystone, so it is a bit thin off-piste.

Best regards,
Bob
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