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Has anybody Skied Grays?

Postby jpfeif001 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:22 am

I want to get back into backcountry skiing this winter and was thinking about starting with Grays, Loveland Pass and then I am at a loss from there. Is it allowed to ski Grays? And has anyone ever skied it? What are the dangers that I should be aware of?
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Re: Has anybody Skied Grays?

Postby Gueza » Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:55 am

Is it allowed to ski Grays?: Yes

Has anyone ever skied it?: Yes, many people on and off this site have.

Dangers to be aware of: All depends on the route which you intend to climb and ski. Dangers could vary from avalanches, fall potential, rockfall, manbearpig, etc. Avalanche danger would be the one that you should really be aware of. Take an avalanche class and invest in some avy gear before heading out into the BC. Also travel with experienced partners. I wouldn't necessarily say Grays East slopes are extremely prone to avalanches, but it can bite. There is also a significant slide path that runs off the east face of Kelso Mountain and intersects the "Summer route."

Here's Bill's route description of Grays standard route.
http://14ers.com/routemain.php?route=gray1&peak=Grays+Peak+and+Torreys+Peak

Here are some trip reports of people skiing Grays
http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripmain.php?parmpeak=Grays+Peak&ski=Only

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Re: Has anybody Skied Grays?

Postby Bean » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:26 am

I advise against learning BC skiing on the 14ers, get a winter under your belt first and think about Grays in the spring. I'm not the biggest LL Pass fan, mostly due to the attitude of many of the riders there. Finding good (experienced, safe) partners is key too.

Friends of Berthoud Pass puts on free basic avalanche education classes, both in-class and on-snow. Keep an eye out for dates.
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Re: Has anybody Skied Grays?

Postby doubleA » Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:55 pm

Is it okay to sled down? From the summit, with butter on the bottom of my saucer?

Re: Has anybody Skied Grays?

Postby Bean » Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:23 pm

doubleA wrote:Is it okay to sled down? From the summit, with butter on the bottom of my saucer?

Let me know before you go, I'll take pictures and call SAR for you. In that order.
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Re: Has anybody Skied Grays?

Postby jpfeif001 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:10 am

Will definitely be taking an avalanche course this winter before BC skiing. I'll keep my eyes peeled for that elusive Manbearpig. Also going to be getting an av beacon before any BC skiing for myself and my climbing partner is getting one as well. Thanks for the advice. Also, any other suggestions for better skiing locations other than a resort? Thanks again. Jason
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Re: Has anybody Skied Grays?

Postby luca_brasi » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:26 pm

Best place for a beginner backcountry skier is Butler Gulch (near Jones Pass). The terrain below treeline is relatively safe and there are a lot of people around if you get in trouble. Also, the two mile skin approach filters out the bootpackers/hitchhikers you'll find on Loveland pass.

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Re: Has anybody Skied Grays?

Postby mrburns » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:46 pm

doubleA wrote:Is it okay to sled down? From the summit, with butter on the bottom of my saucer?


If you are going to go with the saucer, make sure you have all the proper gear..

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Re: Has anybody Skied Grays?

Postby doubleA » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:18 pm

Agreed. I was thinking a G string and a helmet with two beers attached.....however, if it is cold I will wear a halter top.

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