Those of you who are hungry for snow might be surprised to learn that there are still tours in Colorado’s high country for those willing to work for it.
Patrick Gres (@altitoots) and his friends recently landed some successful, albeit sketchy, turns in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Gres’ Instagram post (embedded below) shows there isn’t much snow left, but it was certainly a sight for those sore ski bloggers yearning for winter.
“Scored a few turns in July Saturday in a new area known as the Ptarmigan Headwall… Aka ‘Yard Sale Couloir’. We made questionable decisions, which ultimately caused us to fall a little too early into unknown conditions. Clint slipped, lost both of his skis and went for a 750′ descent down the couloir. Fortunately, no injuries!
Chris made a shorter lap at the top when his heel slipped, but he stopped after about 100′ and was able to finish the race. Definitely a lesson in patience, understanding the limitations of a snowboard versus skis and reinforcing “ride what you ski”. We also found 3 ice axes, an iPhone and glasses in the corridor following an accident on 7/10… hence “Yard Sale Couloirs”.
After the first corridor, we started the next one and were happy to find much milder conditions! I dropped the first one and had a great run until my healing track was pre-released. Another “fun” descent reminiscent of the Conundrum Couloir incident (I’m being reimbursed for these cursed bindings). Clint and Chris had faultless races. I needed redemption, so I restarted, locked my toes and skied (video).
“FINALLY a pleasant run…only to find that my phone was no longer in my pocket. Reluctantly, I started again, watching dark clouds move over the ridge, and found my phone half way to the starter trail We had rain in a fairly intense T-storm in the treeline (perfect timing) An unintended 5k vert day with a number of setbacks but a successful exit nonetheless.