I'm looking for some information about skiing pikes peak. There is surprisingly little info on the web and I'm sure someone here has skied pikes before.
First off, if I find out more info, I plan to go with someone experienced in backcountry since I haven't ever done bc. The closest I've come is hiking the ridge at Taos numerous times, which is of course controlled for avalanches.
What I found online so far is that it's best to drive up the pikes peak highway (I don't like tolls, but I don't know of alternatives) to Devil's playground and then choose a chute and ski down to the parking lot near the old ski area. People could take turns driving up or everyone could hike. There's a bit more detail and a basic map of the chutes HERE. Other than that, I know next to nothing.
Now for some questions:
What time of year would it be safest to this sections of pikes?
Does anyone ski pikes regularly who would be willing to allow some skiers to come along?
Is there anything else to know about skiing pikes?
Basically, I'm just looking for any information. Living in the Springs, it seems like it could be a good deal of fun to drive an hour or so and have access to some challenging backcountry skiing. I camped on the back side of peaks last weekend and there was already about two feet of snow at roughly 11,000 ft.
Thanks for any help!
Edited by ztrain727 - 10/28/09 at 4:37pm