After a few fun days skiing around Yankee Boy Basin, Calc and I wanted to get south or east facing line for the final day that would be in good condition. Lots of south-east had been sloughing out the last few days. We had our eyes on United States Peak which is certainly a nice looking line with a great apron. Another option was a fun looking north facing line dropping to the upper mine. After some thought we realized that we may be overlooking Sneffels as the south face kinda fit the aspect we were looking to ski.
We got an early start of 4:30am; parting ways with the Weehawken’s (Ben and Brian's objective for the day)and strolled up the all too familiar road one final time.
photo Ben-from Gilpin
Snef from Cirque a few days prior
Gilpin at sunrise photo Calc
Entering the upper basin at sunrise we stopped for a water break.
Calc a few feet below the summit
There is a little bit af a rock move after the Lavender before the summit. I dont have any pics but Brennans video shows it well. We hit the summit a little after 9 and had to wait a while for the snow to soften. We ended up skiing the skiers lefte chute that then has an option leading towards a shot that funnels into the bottom of the center ski line.
Summit ski is in photo Calc
Skiing the upper face Photo Calc
Calc upper Birthday Chutes
Lower down in the Birthday Chutes Photo Calc
We were able to ski nice corn back to the car, a great way to end a fun trip in the San Juan's