Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Post Date:  03/04/2006
Modified:  12/03/2009
Date Climbed:   03/03/2006
Posted By:  doumall

 Torreys Winter Summit Ski Descent - Loveland Pass to Bakerville   

Climbed Torreys from Loveland pass yesterday (3-3-06) with my buddy Alex Nunez. We then skied down the south ridge to the Greys Torreys saddle, then down Stevens Gulch to a stashed shuttle.

The ridge from the pass to Torreys involves a lot of rock walking until Grizzly Peak, then a short snow spine ridge walk to a ski on a well covered slope to the saddle between Torreys and Grizzly. Here is a pic of the ridge from the summit of Torreys:

The final pitch up to Torreys took us a while as our pace slowed considerably. Weather was exceptional again, hard to call this winter but Ill take it

The ski down from Torreys summit to the Greys/Torreys saddle was on a 10-20 wide strip of rock hard winding snow with 30-40 feet of constant exposure to the East (photo on more photos section of this site). Don't fall!

From the saddle, we took the most direct fall line down the bowl to Grizzly Gulch. At the top of this bowl, the face is between 40-42 degrees and snow conditions are presently bullet proof, making for nearly impossible self arrest without whipits or axe. Rock bands below make this it a no fall zone under these conditions. We did find some wind load lower on the face, getting some nice floating turns in (photo on more photos section of this site). Here is a pic of upper Grizzly Gulch:

Nearly continuous ski back to the Bakerville exit (some walking in the upper basin.)

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