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Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby killingcokes » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:26 pm

Looking for recent pics of peaks that are still skiable in the indian Peaks. Post em up if you have em.

Much appreciated for the help. Never Summers/RMNP too please. Just trying to lengthen the season this year.

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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby Dave B » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:40 pm

I just posted this conditions on the Apache/Navajo area from this morning.

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/peakstatus_entry.php?recnum=2401

Also noticed on the way this morning that Crooked could probably go. Curvaceous is melted out at the apron and Toll looks pretty good.
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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby GregMiller » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:55 pm

I was up between Audubon and Pawnee, and got these pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100583075214511.1073741837.12002257&type=1&l=e8f7bf6e00
Toll is apparently still in, judging by ski tracks on it. I hear Pawnee might be as well, but can not verify as we never got a good look at it's slopes.
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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby killingcokes » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:16 pm

Thanks.

Has anybody seen Copeland - Ogallala - Isolation and the peaks north of Brainerd

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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby EatinHardtack » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:36 pm

Yeah any pics of Toll would be nice. Thinking about it for this weekend.
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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby heather14 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:04 pm

As of Sunday Crooked was still skiable. The top 40ft or so was melted out, but the rest held nice snow.

A few pics on Crooked:

https://picasaweb.google.com/Heather1425/CrookedCouloir6162013?authuser=0&feat=directlink
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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby kimo » Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:07 am

killingcokes wrote:Thanks.

Has anybody seen Copeland - Ogallala - Isolation and the peaks north of Brainerd


From Sunday 6/16:

North face of Isolation
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East face of Isolation
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North face of Copeland
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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby killingcokes » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:24 am

Sweet thanks a lot. Keep em coming.

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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby clemsonmtneer » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:43 pm

Fritz, the peaks around Brainard Lake are in great condition for the most part right now, probably some of the best remaining snow in the state I would imagine (maybe more farther north in the Never Summers, Medicine Bows, etc though). Not sure about the northern Indian Peaks, but have a friend who's planning to ski Ogalalla this weekend, so will ask her for beta.

EatinHardtrack, I really thought I had taken a better picture of Mt. Toll... unfortunately you can't really see most of the route from the shot below, but I did get a good look at it from Brainard while I was out there with Dave B yesterday... and like he said, it is in and looks like a great late season ski right now.

Good snow where we were up on Apache. Queen's Way skied great when I dropped in at about 10:15, but I didn't continue to the summit since it was getting too warm. Apache Couloir looks sweet as well, as does the big snowfield on Navajo Peak. Like Dave said in his conditions report, the approach is mildly annoying with intermittent snow from the very start, but not enough to skin on until the bench above Lake Isabelle. Sketchy snow crossings on shaded/icy snow while traversing around Lake Isabelle, would highly recommend an ice ax and crampons for this section.

Also, talked to a guy on the hike out who said they are planning to open the road to Brainard Lake Friday. Not sure how reliable that is, though, so would probably call first to make sure.


Toll, Paiute, and Audubon at dawn:
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Apache and Navajo from Lake Isabelle... Apache Couloir in center, Queen's Way on right:
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Queen's Way Couloir:
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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby cougar » Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:27 pm

Never Summers and Medicine Bows have a ton of snow still - thought I had a good picture but can't find it, bowls around Diamond Peaks looked well covered

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Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby jomagam » Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:39 pm

Audubon is mostly dry, maybe 4 or 5 sections totaling a quarter mile where you hike on snow. These sections were either crusty enough that I didn't sink in, or already had steps. Only concern is the first switchback (as you come up) has so much snow that I lost a trail.

Re: Indian Peaks Current Conditions. Snow Oriented

Postby killingcokes » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:16 am

@jomagam - I want snow I'm a skier but thanks. Trying to find snow that's still sticking around this year.

Good to know about the Never Summers. I wonder how the cirrus area is looking.

Would love to see pics of Ogallala

Sweet pics Alan, Apache is a beautiful mountain

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