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Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby Carl » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:15 am

Anyone seen the south / southeast side of Uncompahgre in the last week? Or have plans to in the next week? I'm hoping to make a ski attempt Feb. 11/12. Slumgullion snotel snow depth looks about average, although I have yet to figure out how close that is to Uncompahgre. Thanks.

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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby skiwall » Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:20 pm

If you make it down there, I'd love conditions info and a TR... :)
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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby moneymike » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:56 pm

skiwall wrote:If you make it down there, I'd love conditions info and a TR... :)


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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby EatinHardtack » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:47 pm

I'd be interested in beta for Uncompahgre as well. Let us know how it is Carl.
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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby PKelley » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:00 pm

There is enough snow to ski the peak. The snowpack is crappy, with a significant rotten base. This will particularly be evident at lower elevations. Slumgullion's snow stake is reading right at the three-foot mark. I look at it when I backcountry ski up there, and last looked at it friday evening (2/3/12). Have fun. Be safe.
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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby Carl » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:18 pm

Thanks for the conditions update. Headed down Tuesday for 5 days of skiing in the San Juans so we'll keep this beta in mind throughout the trip. Looks like there was a slide yesterday on a run I like on Red Mtn. Pass. Hopefully things improve a little after this storm moves through tomorrow.

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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby Carl » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:34 am

Anyone recall if Nellie Creek is typically accessible for water near (or within 1/2 mile above) the summer TH this time of year?

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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby Shawnee Bob » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:28 pm

Yeah, there are a lot of creeks there that have long been polluted by mine tailings.
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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby Carl » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:49 pm

Good point about the water being a little heavy on the minerals. I've already got Bean putting in a trail for me earlier in the day so maybe he'll drag up a few extra liters of water too. Melting snow sucks.

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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby d_baker » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:47 pm

Carl wrote:Anyone recall if Nellie Creek is typically accessible for water near (or within 1/2 mile above) the summer TH this time of year?

Hey Carl....Dec of 2010 when Gladbach and the rest of us did the "winter camping" trip, we were able to get running water below the summertime TH, and that's also where we camped.
I don't recall it tasting bad or having any discoloration.

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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby Carl » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:23 pm

For those who asked for a conditions update...

We headed in yesterday for a single day attempt with a group of 9. Nellie Creek Road is snow covered the entire way and it took us 2:15 to reach the 4wd TH. Bean broke trail most of the way, as expected. A shot showing the plentiful snow coverage above treeline:
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CAIC avalanche rating was considerable on most of the aspects we were on yesterday and we experienced numerous collapses in the snowpack and saw a few slides from the last couple days. We turned around at approx 13,400ft since crossing/climbing a 30ish degree wind loaded slope with high consequences was mandatory. The arrow shows area of concern where we ended our ascent:
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As we skied down we saw this recent slide, which was also on an east aspect. We don't think it was there a few hours earlier:
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If you head in there soon be careful with the snowpack. We'll be making another attempt but I'm not sure if it will be in a few weeks or a couple months.

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Re: Uncompahgre skiable?

Postby moneymike » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:00 pm

Thanks for the update Carl. Sounds like you made some wise decisions.

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