Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Post Date:  05/01/2011
Date Climbed:   04/28/2011
Posted By:  cjw


I don't need to tell anyone about the unseasonable weather. Thursday was going to be the short weather window, and a couple friends who had been wanting to get Holy Cross the last couple years had the same idea. I rented two powder sleds, and the group settled to six people. By the time we were half way up Tigiwan Road we were in 1-2 feet of powder.

We skinned up to half moon pass and had excellent powder skiing into cross creek. We summited around 2:00pm. Dense powder for the first 100-200 feet, another 100-200 feet of slab crust. At the choke a wind pocket with a 1' crown and about 20'x20' released and ran down. Conditions from there down were excellent.

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  • Comments or Questions

a winter wonderland
05/02/2011 14:35
looks like that peak will be skiable for a while, v.nice


Wow, that's a lot of snow!!
05/01/2011 17:42
Ample evidence of the record snow year in the Vail area in those photos. Glad you were in and out safely.


Just a few more
05/01/2011 18:48
Way to go Chris, just a few more!!


love that shot
05/02/2011 19:23
of the Gores. Nice work on a monster-esque day. Definately found a window in the weather last week.


05/04/2011 17:33
Those are really nice shots of the Gores looking their snowy best! Way to capture it!


nice work
05/05/2011 03:58
Great photos and TR.


05/31/2011 04:06
Great pics. Love the snow shots.

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