Peak(s):  Stony Mountain - 12,698 feet
Post Date:  04/30/2013
Date Climbed:   04/25/2013
Posted By:  Elliot

 Stony Mountain Sunset Ski   

Calc and I drove down to the San Juan’s last weekend to meet up with Brian and Ben for a weekend of skiing in Yankee Boy Basin. Plans of a high camp were discussed but with the road open to the upper mine the access was pretty good and a plan to car camp was a good alternative. While Calc and I had never been to this area before, Ben and Brian had some experience and thus some objectives. After the long car ride we set up camp and decided to take a stroll up the road to check snow conditions and stretch around 4:30.
Here is a shot of the ramp we booted from teakettle later in the week. Couloir somwhat hidden in this photo.
Summit Shot from Teakettle with the NE couloir droping out of frame to the right.
This shot from Sneffels shows the couloir we skied along with a number of other options
Photo Ben

A nice ramp appeared to lead to the top of Stony and the snow was starting to feel worthwhile from a skiing perspective so we all skinned the apron and booted the ramp.
Photo Ben

it was steep but this photo makes it look alittle steeper than is actually was. Calc took a measurement at one point that was in the 50's but certainly not consistant 50's.
Ben Summit

Topping out at about 7:15 we got a good view of the surroundings and a mostly cloudy sunset.
Photo Ben

Skiing off the top were a few good turns that were a good preview of what was to come.
Photo Ben

Skier Calc

Photo Brian Skier Ben

Skier Ben

Photo Ben Skier Brian

Watching Ben and Brian cheesing as they skied down the apron in powder at sunset was sweet All expectations were exceeded and we cruised back to the cars effortlessly.

Thanks for reading and thanks everyone for putting up the great trip reports this spring. Have fun and be safe out there!


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  • Comments or Questions

Nice Elliot!     05/01/2013 03:09
Glad the snow conditions worked for you guys to nab the sun-set-ski!

Did you manage to hold on to your wallet this trip?


Wallet     05/01/2013 14:46
Rick I held on to the wallet this time! We all missed you on this trip including The Broville Grill! The Broville Grill had a run in with the shot gun while unattended by the grill master...


jealous     05/01/2013 15:10
Nice work, looked like great snow! That line has been on the list for 5 years and I haven't gotten around to it yet...maybe this year


Buckshot Grill     05/01/2013 15:41

It just adds character.


Awesome line     05/01/2013 16:39
You guys nailed it! Sweet route and descent.

Stony strikes me as pissed off for its relatively limited height. Every single aspect of that pile of rock has a rad snow line. You guys look south from the summit? So much terrain!


Nicest line in YBB     05/02/2013 13:56
sweet view, sweet line, good times. Only thing missing was the alpenglow, which was out for all of 30 seconds.

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