Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Post Date:  01/02/2009
Date Climbed:   01/01/2009
Posted By:  elliojos

 Quandary Peak - East Ridge Ascent with Ski Descent of Northeast Bowls   

Just a heads up - this TR isn‘t fancy, but it‘s should provide some useful information for skiers.

Prior to heading up to Quandary I had heard mixed reports on the ski conditions, so this should clear things up.

The East Ridge was almost skinnable in its entirety. I think we had to hike and carry for a total of about 150 yards.

There is ample snow in the upper and lower bowls for a continuous ski descent (excluding regaining the ridge between the upper and lower bowls). Snow conditions above treeline were typical for this time of year (nasty, windblown, and highly variable) but it was still way more fun than walking down. Conditions in the lower bowl began to soften, and by the time we reached the trees we were skiing 8 inches of powder.

Avy Conditions:
Although both the upper and lower bowls are steep enough to slide, conditions felt stable and we heard no whoomphing. However, conditions can change quickly and I still wouldn‘t ski this without a beaconshovelprobe.


  • Comments or Questions

Thank you!     01/02/2009 21:12
For the skin/ski conditions info. Very helpful.


Quandry‘s upper/lower bowls     01/04/2009 16:46
Any guess on how steep (in degrees) the upper and lower bowls are?
Thanks for the info

Ken Gross

Not Very     01/06/2009 20:22
^^^^ Not very steep, 32-34 at most in the upper bowl. But just a guess, I havent ever measured.


Agreed     01/06/2009 20:33
I haven‘t measured either, but the 32-34 range seems like a very reasonable guess.


Thanks!     01/06/2009 20:49
From a distance I was guessing the upper bowl to be 35 and the lower bowl to be high 25 to 30. I really appreciate your info on this, I will ski it in the next few weeks and post a trip report.

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