Skier: Ryan Cook, with a backdrop of Mt. Sneffels.
[+] View it larger! Great corn snow in June!
Went up for a little ski tour this morning above Ouray, and was surprised to find the mountains choked with forest fire smoke (on an otherwise blue sky day). A quick Google news search shows that a wildfire is raging in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, which must be where all the smoke blew in from.
A rare indigenous San Juan alpine wolf.
Skinning up a steep slope, looking at what would be our second descent route of the day.
Upon arriving at the summit, our north face descent route still needed some time to soften. Instead of waiting around up there, we decided to do a quick run down the east face, which was nice and soft already.
Skier: Ann Driggers. The town of Silverton is located in the valley in the distance.
Having skinned back up the east face, the big north face was now good to go, and so we ended up scoring two nice corn lines today, the last day of May! See some more pics on Ann’s blog.
Skinning up a high ridgeline in the San Juans this morning.
Skier: Chris Cover. The mountains have started getting some sun the last couple days, and the snow is quickly transitioning from powder to corn. Today our slope was well frozen, and the clouds and chilly winds were keeping it that way. So, unfortunately we weren’t able to ski this beauty with the soft conditions I was hoping for, but at least the snow was perfectly smooth so it was still a fun descent.
With heaps of snow and hardly anybody out skiing these days, the “low hanging fruit” abounds in the San Juans. Today we went up the same peak I’ve gone up 2 of the last 3 days. Normally these are the routes we do in the wintertime, so it feels a bit novel to be riding these in late May!
Ninja skier: Paul McElrea.
Perfect cream cheese powder, great for terminal velocity carving.
Here’s a few snowy photos from Thursday and Friday.
The San Juan Mountains, smothered in snow in May.
The persistent clouds have kept the temps cool and the powder fresh, much to our delight!
Skier: Chris Jackson.
Probably not the best place to try to hitchhike.
Jeff and Chris and I on our way to a higher place this morning.
Jeff Skoloda skiing like there’s no tomorrow.
Can you believe this is May? It’s like heaven on Earth!
I’d rather not be transported to heaven tomorrow… I’m enjoying it too much here! Bon voyage!
Happy skiers, post-rapture.
This morning we were treated to yet another foot or so of fresh powder up in the San Juans!
Skier: Jeff Skoloda.
Today would have been an awesome powder day in January or February. It’s May. Did I mention that already?
That’s me, and my snow-caked goggles.