| Skiing Wilson & Sneffels
Route: Boxcar / East Face
Vert: Approx. 4,200
Mileage: Approx. 12
Route: Birthday Chutes
Vert: Approx. 2,900
Mileage: Approx. 6
Marc and I headed down to the San Juans last Friday after work to ski Wilson and Sneffels. Got to the Cross Mountain trailhead a little after midnight, got a few hours of sleep, and were headed up the trail by 4:30am. To our pleasant surprise, continuous snow started around 10,300ft. For more info on this route, check out Matt's trip report
At 11,000ft we left the Cross Mountain trail and contoured for nearly a mile over to Slate Creek. Mark following the Creek towards Wilson and Gladstone.
Skinned up to the Boxcar, stashed some water and our skins in the avy debris, and began climbing.
Marc in the Boxcar with Lizard Head in the distance.
Topped out on the Boxcar around 8:45am. Snow was getting pretty soft so we hurried towards the summit. Marc got this shot of me.
Looking back at Marc at the top of the Boxcar. Smoke from the distant wildfires fills the horizon.
Marc climbing the final couple hundred vert to the top.
Me on the summit with El Diente in the background.
Only spent a few minutes on the summit before dropping. Snow isn’t continuous but it’s about as close as it normally is, which is sweet for June. After the first 100 vertical the actual turns begin.
The Boxcar would have been chunky and had a little bit of a runnel so we opted to cruise the apron.
Me enjoying some of the best corn of the season. Then had to put the skins back on to make the traverse to the Cross Mountain trail which took about half hour, before skiing/hiking out.
Late lunch in Telluride at Floradora followed by an early dinner a couple hours later in Ouray at Buen Tiempo, then off to Yankee Boy Basin. They have cleared the road to the lower trailhead at 11,350 so Sneffels is a pretty solid bang for the buck ski descent right now.
Marc climbing the Birthday Chutes.
Near the top about 3 hours after leaving the parking lot.
On the summit with the sun poking through the smoke.
Had brought a rope to rap into to the Snake but decided to leave it in the car and make a game time decision. Sure enough, the rope wouldn't have been necessary to enter the Snake. Although after a while of siting around it was still only 9am and we didn't feel like waiting for the sun to make its way into the Snake so we hit one of the Birthday Chutes.
This aspect hadn't warmed up yet either but we were anxious to get to Arby's in Montrose so we started skiing anyway.
Still a lot of snow up here.
Skied back to the truck by 9:30am. The fact that they plowed a dirt road this high made a great weekend that much better. Arby's was good too.
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