We started hiking from Kite Lake trailhead at 7:30 after driving up from Denver and downing some burritos. The snow is definitely thinning out, but the Lake Emma chutes were still looking good from the parking lot.
We opted for the summer route, since it looked like we could hike most of the way up.
Jay rocking the a-frame
There were still a few sections of the trail with snow, but for the most part the trail was clear
Ken halfway up to the Democrat-Cameron saddle
Me heading up from the saddle
We spotted a couple others hiking up to the summit from Lake Emma and then heading back to the top of the chutes to ski down as we made our way up.
Jay on the summit
We hiked off the summit for 100m or so to the first decent section we could find. The snow was still hard, but it was nice to get some turns in from close to the top.
Making our way down the top section
After the top section, it was a short hike over to the top of the chutes. Since it was all of our first time skiing there, we decided on the large skier's right chute. We waited for a little while for the snow to soften up a bit and then started down.
The less shaded areas were really nice, including the open entrance at the top.
The other chutes were still holding snow, but much thinner at the entrance above
Aside from about a 200m section, we were able to ski all the way back down to the car through some nice soft snow.
Back at Kite Lake
It was all of our first ski/board descent of a 14er and we were already talking about coming back as we packed up the car. We headed down the road from Kite Lake around 11:15, with plenty of time to make it back to Denver to get changed into seersucker suits for the Derby.