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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
 Post Date:  04/24/2006 Modified: 05/03/2007
 Date Climbed:   04/22/2006
 Posted By:  Brian Kalet

 Sneffels - Summit Ski Descent   

Access from Ouray, CO:

U.S. 550 South
Camp Bird Mine Road (Ouray County #361) as far as possible

Run:

Chelsea, John and I hiked/skinned up Camp Bird Mine Road into Yankee Boy Basin to the base of Mount Sneffels.  We took off our skis and put on our crampons and ascended Sneffels' South Face "Birthday Chutes" to the summit (14,156').  "Birthday Chutes". Photo: Chelsea Morgan.
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Climbing the "Birthday Chutes". Climber: Chelsea Morgan. Photo: John Minier.
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We hung out on the summit waiting for ideal snow conditions, but got impatient due to high winds.  We descended the firm, steep "Birthday Chutes" into Yankee Boy Basin.  This is rated as a II D13 R4 on the D Scale.
http://wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html
Skiing the "Birthday Chutes". Skier: Brian Kalet. Photo: Chelsea Morgan.
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In Yankee Boy Basin, the snow was much softer.

Annotated Map:

http://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/backcountry/cgi-bin/album/album.pl?photo=aerials/san_juan_mountains/tours/mt-sneffels-060422.jpg;photo_height=-1;photo_width=-1

Additional Photos:

http://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/backcountry/cgi-bin/album/album.pl?album=20052006/060422-mtsneffels;photo_width=400

Total Skied Elevation: ~5,200'
Total Elevation: ~5,400'



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