Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Date Posted:  05/22/2007
Date Climbed:   05/21/2007
Author:  gb
 Mt Evans ski descent via bike approach   

Well, I posted this on tgr like I usually do, but figured I could at least copy and paste it over here, too

Last week, Jordan and I headed up towards Evans based on a post that the Mt. Evans road was open. This turned out to be false, and a lesson was learned- don‘t believe everything you read on a message board ;) I did gather some valuable info, however- the road was plowed for at least 5 miles, so I knew a bike trip would work. (With thanks to Pam and Chris, who have done the ski-bike thing a couple of times:

I knew from experience that carrying skis, boots, etc on a pack on a bike is pretty uncomfortable, so I borrowed my friend‘s BOB trailer instead. mtnbikerskierchick and I planned on hitting Evans on Sunday, but Tabeguache tired us out and it didn‘t happen: I thought I was going to start work on Monday, but the jobsite wasn‘t ready for us, so I decided I would just have to go it alone.

By about 7, I had gotten BOB packed up and was ready to hit the road from Echo Lake at 10,600‘.

From there, it‘s about 9 miles and 2,250‘ to Summit lake and the base of the good skiing, Summit Lake bowl. After a little over 7 miles, I finally hit the end of the road, CDOT working hard to get the road open for the holiday weekend.

I stashed the bike and BOB, switched to the ski boots, and started skinning past the CDOT guys. The last mile and a half to Summit lake was pretty flat, and then I ditched the skins and started booting up the NE face. I got to the top a little later than I wanted- a little after 11, but clouds and a cool breeze had kept the N face snow from getting too warm.

Where is everyone?

It was so nice to be up there without hordes of people asking the standard "Where are you going to ski?" questions.

The North face of Evans offers up some awesome, albeit short, skiing. From where I grew up west of Golden, I could get to the top of the Evans road in under an hour, so I knew the area well. A look down my line:

And a look back up:

The clouds were building at this point and it was time to hightail it outta there. I didn‘t speed too much.

Another switch back to the bike, and it was time for some downhill cruising. I was pleased with my decision to go with the mountain bike and not the road bike- disc brakes are a good thing with BOB being a bit heavy.

Near the bottom, I passed some Euro tourists walking down the road, so I asked them to take a quick photo.

When the road opens to the top of Evans, it‘s definitely worth doing some laps on. It was also really nice to experience some solitude on Evans, considering that it usually has tourists all over it. I remember some really nice tourists one year picking me up at summit lake and giving me a sandwich and a soda while they drove me back up, though, so tourists are pretty cool too.

Comments or Questions

05/22/2007 22:05
I need to get up there... That pic looking down your line with your skis is top notch. STEEP!


05/23/2007 04:09
Ok, I thought you were ”crazy” for a minute there! Looks like you were near where I originally was thinking. That photo says it all - looked like pretty good conditions. I hope to be up there in the next week or so and your TR had me drooling.


11/30/2010 17:28
Skied right off the top (well, not off the summit boulder, but...) Then I reached some boulders I had to click out for, then a short stretch of snow, then 15' of scree, then all snow. Not super clean, but good enough.


Nice Line
11/30/2010 17:28
When I lived in Evergreen, I skied the N Face a lot. One year, 2000 I think - I know it was before the Haymen drought year, there were similar conditions where I was able to ski off from the summit boulders and around to the N Face.

Did you happen to take a photo of the West (sunrise) gully between Evans and Spalding? That's a good one too.


Hang on!
11/30/2010 17:28
Um, based on one of your photos, it looks like your line went down the steep gully between the main summits? That would have been the top of Roach's ”Snave” route. Is that were you dropped in? If so, that's quite the accomplishment. Seriously.
The one time I had almost continuous snow from the summit, it was from the summit and to the west (left when looking down over the N. Face) and then dropped into the N. face seen in the photo above.


11/30/2010 17:28
I don't know what I skied. I just headed towards the W summit along the ridge, following snow patches. As soon as I hit a skiable line off the ridge, I took it. There were no lines to the East, that's for sure. I only have one other photo showing my tracks.


Another look
11/30/2010 17:28
Two shots of the North Face (with much less snow) and I've added your approximate line. Nice.


Mixin it up
02/05/2011 00:22
Way to get some biking into your ski frenzy dude. Looks good up there, were you able to ski to the North Face from the summit?

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