|Peak:||Quandary Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||11/21/2010|
Trail (read: bootpack that follows the trail pretty closely) was obscured by drift but still easy to follow. Snowshoes would be helpful in some drift areas below treeline but I left those, axe, and crampons in the pack - good bootpack covered by a couple inches of loose snow. Started at winter closure at 7:45 and returned ~2:30 going at a moderate pace. The usual wind and blowing snow above treeline, but still pretty bare. Two parties and a solo made the summit; didn't look like anybody turned back. Visibility varied, but 1/2 mile on average.
Skiing - good coverage and continuous skiing below about 12500. A lot of rock still uncovered above and you'd be hard-pressed to find a semi-continuous path. One hiker tried and ended up leaving his skies in the upper bowl - he cramponed up the prominent gully from the upper basin to the summit ridge and said that wind slabs felt ready to go.
I have photos of the surrounding peaks, taken in brief periods of good visibility, if anybody wants them.