Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
Post Date:  05/01/2013
Date Climbed:   04/28/2013
Posted By:  Elliot

 Mt Sneffels Summit Ski-Birthday Chutes   

After a few fun days skiing around Yankee Boy Basin, Calc and I wanted to get south or east facing line for the final day that would be in good condition. Lots of south-east had been sloughing out the last few days. We had our eyes on United States Peak which is certainly a nice looking line with a great apron. Another option was a fun looking north facing line dropping to the upper mine. After some thought we realized that we may be overlooking Sneffels as the south face kinda fit the aspect we were looking to ski.

We got an early start of 4:30am; parting ways with the Weehawken’s (Ben and Brian's objective for the day)and strolled up the all too familiar road one final time.
photo Ben-from Gilpin

Snef from Cirque a few days prior

Gilpin at sunrise photo Calc

Entering the upper basin at sunrise we stopped for a water break.
Calc a few feet below the summit

There is a little bit af a rock move after the Lavender before the summit. I dont have any pics but Brennans video shows it well. We hit the summit a little after 9 and had to wait a while for the snow to soften. We ended up skiing the skiers lefte chute that then has an option leading towards a shot that funnels into the bottom of the center ski line.

Summit ski is in photo Calc

Skiing the upper face Photo Calc

Calc upper Birthday Chutes



Photo Calc

Lower down in the Birthday Chutes Photo Calc

We were able to ski nice corn back to the car, a great way to end a fun trip in the San Juan's


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  • Comments or Questions

BDay     05/02/2013 13:59
that face always delivers and doesn't require a pesky, 1200 foot reclimb. Skiing that line must make you feel like its your birthday, everyday.


Look'n good!     05/02/2013 14:32
Yankee boy continues to not disappoint. I've climbed this peak in the summer, but I think it's worth repeating for the ski.

Congrats on the solid weekend of skiing!


Sweet Fellas!     05/02/2013 14:42
Glad you enjoyed the line. Looks like it was in really good condition. Did you nab the center chute or something further skier's right? That shot of you with Gilpin and the moon is money. While we were slogging balls out of Weehawken you were enjoying a twenty minute ski back to the car. I'm definitely jealous about that!


That last photo is money!     05/05/2013 04:49
Looks like an awesome ski in the hills.

Amazing weather and time in Yankee Boy. I enjoyed meeting up with you guys.

Thanks again for everything....


20 minutes 14k to car...     05/05/2013 23:02 a damn fine day! Again, what an awesome weekend your crew put together. Nice work and reports, y'all.


Ski Line     05/06/2013 01:07
Ben, we skied what I think you had skied but then took a little chute that you can see funnels right into the same apron as the ”center chute” with the rock showing in your photo. If that makes sense...

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