Mt. Shavano  
Condition Updates  
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2011-05-23, By: Ramfan24
Info: Road was clear until the trailhead. A passenger car made it but I am sure there was some scraping. Trail was clear of snow until about 11k. I never took my snowshoes off of my back (postholing was rare even on the way back). I didn‘t summit due to high winds. 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2011-05-16, By: jimmtman
Info: Road to new Blank TH clear of snow and dry. The Mt Shavano trail is dry without snow up to 10400 ft (about 1 mile). Snow climbing on the Angel was excellent. Above the Angel on the East ridge mostly snow to the top but with a few dry patches. If you are thinking about snow climbing the Angel you may want to do it soon! 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-05-14, By: thatstite
Info: Still snow all the way to the peak. I recommend snow shoes or you‘ll be post holing above and below tree line. It‘s hard to stay on the trail below tree line - many different sets of foot prints. 
Route: Southeast Slopes via Angel of Shavano TH
Posted On: 2011-05-04, By: Artvandalay
Info: Got to the top of Shavano today via the Southeast slopes starting at the Angel of Shavano Trailhead. There‘s no significant snow below 10K feet but theres still a lot on top. The Angel isn‘t really discernible due to large amounts of snow. I topped Esprit Point which also had a lot of snow as well. Good glissading on my route and the standard route as well would provide a nice glissade down. No good ski lines from the summit either. You have to start right at the saddle between Esprit and Shavano to get any descent line. The snow is good quality skiing powder right now. This unique approach to shavano is a viable route for probably another 2-3 weeks without more snowfall. Not a great route without snow I‘d guess. Tabeguache was just a little too far out reach today but it looked good and ready to be climbed. Winds were moderate and unrelenting above 13,500 ft. below that not a problem. I‘d guess that the standard Blank‘s Cabin TH is likely accessible without any or much snow cover on the 252 road. I can‘t say for sure but I‘d bet on it. Bring on the summer! 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2011-05-01, By: Carl
Info: Was able to ski continuously from the summit to about 10,000ft with the exception of about 15ft of walking around 13k and 10,700ft. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-04-24, By: DaveSwink
Info: The Shavano summertime trailhead (Blanks Cabin?) was accessible at the end of the day on Saturday, 4/23. Four new inches of powder on the trail but it is firm to the talus field. 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2011-04-17, By: BAUMGARA
Info: I skied the angel‘s left arm (climber‘s left) yesterday with a partner. Our ski descent began at around 1:30, sunny conditions up until then. The upper portions of the arm was soft, middle section of the arm was hard, and the angel‘s body had a soft top layer. We skied through the tree until around 10,300‘. 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2011-04-11, By: matthysj
Info: Conditions were great for a snow climb. Snowshoes are needed from the trailhead to treeline. The trail is well worn and easy to follow. From ~11,500 the snow firmed up and crampons/ice axe can be used to travel up through the angel. The North arm of angel ends at about ~13,000. From there it is a scramble to the summit. The south arm is still has snow from the saddle all the way through the angel, but it is spotty in some areas. 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2011-04-02, By: pioletski
Info: Thought I would share this pic of the Angel from Saturday afternoon, in case anyone‘s thinking of skiing Shavano. She‘s looking pretty healthy but it might be difficult to put together a descent from the summit.  
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2011-03-19, By: Kevin Baker
Info: Forest Road 252 still has a huge drift at Placer Creek (8950‘) and it will be there for quite awhile. This adds 5 miles RT to the day. A well beaten track is in place all the way to the base of the Angel, although windblown near treeline. The Angel is in good shape for climbing, although already starting to thin out at the top. Conditions were very stable. It was so firm late in the day that I was unable to glissade the whole thing for fear of losing control. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2010-12-06, By: tmathews
Info: Passenger cars can still access the TH as of 12/4/10. The trail was in good condition and easy to follow up to about 11,500, then we encountered some postholing as we approached treeline. Once the trail turned and headed up the southeast face toward the saddle, there were scattered areas of snow, but was mostly dry. There were a couple of short snow crossings as we approached the Angel; a fall would result in injury for the last crossing. We headed up the southeast face rather than gain the saddle because of the wind. The summit had a bit of snow on it, but it was nothing to be worried about. 

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