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What a difference a year makes

Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 4:56 pm
by lodgling
One year ago today it was very much winter up high. I miss the spring skiing stoke around here.

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El D edit:
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Wilson group in a decade:
https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/triprep ... trip=19400


Anyone getting out?

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:13 pm
by SchralpTheGnar
I managed 3 new 13er descents this year on some good corn in and around the front range, other than that with Covid and Lack of snow down south whatnot just staying Close to home. Incredible the difference in snowpack and weather this year,
Especially down south

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:24 pm
by cottonmountaineering
i think its time to put away the skis for the year, no spring snow storms :C

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:56 pm
by cougar
Jones Pass area is still holding a lot of snow. Snowmobiles were up there today.

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:19 am
by pvnisher
Indeed. Last year at this time I was 2 months recovering from shoulder surgery and was having trouble thinking I'd ever be back to normal. Moving was painful and I was shaking holding a soda can out in front of me, with some significant nerve damage meaning some of the muscles were still paralyzed.

This year I have some grinding and it's not entirely normal, but I can move it almost everywhere without pain and do 20 pullups.
What a difference.

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:38 am
by BillMiddlebrook
On 6/23/2019, we climbed Missouri in winter-like conditions and were treated to a powder day that felt like early-March.
This spring has had it's moments but overall sub-par and I'm about to switch gears myself.

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CR from that day

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:00 am
by climbingcue
Clinton Peak area had a bunch of snow still in there on Saturday 5/30/20. I was mad I did not bring the splitboard.

Bill

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:07 am
by cottonmountaineering
BillMiddlebrook wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:38 am
On 6/23/2019, we climbed Missouri in winter-like conditions and were treated to a powder day that felt like early-March.
This spring has had it's moments but overall sub-par and I'm about to switch gears myself.

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CR from that day
i skied missouri on saturday, was a fun one

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:33 am
by SchralpTheGnar
There’s still plenty of snow up there in them hills, especially front range peaks north to East facing holding well, but I doubt I’m getting out again due to a trip to Kansas for a week or two.

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:40 am
by Chicago Transplant
I got out a few times, definitely had longer ski carries from trailhead to snow line than last year, thinner lines, and some funky snow. North facing routes seemed to not want to transition to spring, even had a rain crust on Sayres. Wet debris in some lines from the early May hot week, and now another hot spell with lack of freezes. And of course Covid closures. It was a weird spring. Probably could have gotten out more than I did, but had a few peak skis. Most of the snow conditions weren't great, but the lines themselves were fun.

Gore: Resolution, Bald, "West Deming", "Snow" and "Solitude"
Sawatch: Sayres, and some low angle touring near Minturn and Eagle when the resorts shut down.

I was down in the Monarch Pass area this past Saturday, no skis (figured it was too dry to be worth it). Aetna is done, 3 melted out rock stripes through the Grand and the apron is nothing but talus. Last year we skied it May 26 and had continuous snow until below the Boss Lake trailhead and a few more patches after that we could ski. Also skied Angel of Shavano last year May 27, directly off the summit until well back on the trail. This past weekend she only had one arm and her head was not attached to her body.

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:46 am
by SnowAlien
Definitely a very lackluster spring. Skied a few 13ers, but none of them were that great or memorable, and wasn't motivated for repeats. Lenawee's east face was probably a standout.

Re: What a difference a year makes

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:11 am
by Wilbur Simmons
Might get better next year, when the pandemic finally dies down.