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Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby ascent+descent=fun » Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:12 pm

Hey Im just curious how many people, if anyone, have done a winter ski-traverse of the complete colorado trail. Figured someone here might have information regarding this.

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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby Bean » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:46 am

I have no information on this ever having been done, but I like the idea. A lot.
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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby Snowgirl » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:37 am

Oooh. That would be awesome.
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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby Brian C » Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:44 am

I have wondered this too. That would be quite an accomplishment.
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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby sgladbach » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:25 am

I guided for the foundation for ten years and sat on the board for 5 more. Nobody has ever reported this feat to the foundation. I have a call in to Gudy Gaskill to see if she knows something that I don't.

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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby ascent+descent=fun » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:51 am

Very cool, thanks guys. I am toying around with the idea of attempting this, but the logistics are daunting at best.

Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby Bean » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:00 pm

Your post has me kicking this idea around now (doesn't help that things get boring at work at 2:30am), and food and fuel seem like the biggest concerns. Certainly a daunting trip to plan, but could be worth it.
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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby ap snow » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:55 pm

Pretty sure this has already been done. Good luck!

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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby ascent+descent=fun » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:01 pm

Do you know where I can find out for sure? I only have 25 days so im thinking about 20 miles per day should do it.

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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby gb » Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:35 pm

I can only picture lots of dry zones requiring walking and a lot of sidehilling if you try to really stay on course. But mostly I would find it hard to pass all the great lines you'd be sure to pass on the trail. Still a worthwhile goal, just not for me...

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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby GravityPilot » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:57 pm

The way I've been thinking about it, is that one would loosely follow the trail. There will be areas that are of too much risk depending on time of day and the snow pack. The feat of "skiing the Colorado trail" would require a fine sense of snow pack forecasting/route finding. The logistics would be intense, but managable given the right support staff. Ski touring and route finding can be easy, but after multiple 20 mile days, your brain doesn't fire on all cylinders. So the real question is: need a partner?

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Re: Skiing the Colorado Trail

Postby TomPierce » Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:06 pm

You may hit it lucky with your timing, or it could be an atypical year, but generally the Front Range snow pack up to Kenosha Pass is pretty spotty lately during the winter. I'd be surprised if you could ski non-stop through the Waterton/South Platte area unless, again, it was unusual conditions. I don't mean to rain on the parade, your goal is very cool, but I run in that area frequently in the winter and the snowpack is occasionally very thin or melted out during the mid-winter thaws. But who knows?

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