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Vail area backcountry conditions/Eiseman hut?

Postby lindazco » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:31 pm

Anyone have any reports for Spraddle Creek trailhead or just general conditions in the Vail area? We are headed to the Eiseman hut this weekend and wondering if we will be skiing or snowshoeing. Thanks!

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Re: Vail area backcountry conditions/Eiseman hut?

Postby iheshvail » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:45 pm

get your shoes ready it dumping \:D/
if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

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Re: Vail area backcountry conditions/Eiseman hut?

Postby rocky » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:07 pm

Please be sure to check the Avalanche Center's regional conditions report and forecast. This storm is going to put down a lot of snow on sun-glazed and icy slopes. The high winds which are forecast will increase the danger levels dramatically.

It's always easy to get excited about new snow.

http://avalanche.state.co.us/pub_bc_avo.php?zone_id=2

...be safe
rocky
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Re: Vail area backcountry conditions/Eiseman hut?

Postby Marty » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:51 am

I just got back from Eiseman. It is definitely skiable, although the first mile or so the coverage is thin. Once you get in a bit it's fine with plenty of snow up top. Be careful coming down as you get close to the bottom - yesterday's snow hid the gravel on the road but didn't cover it enough to make it skiable. Our skiers hit it at a decent rate of speed and scraped up the bottoms of their skis (and 1 elbow) pretty significantly.

Enjoy the weekend - it's a beautiful hut!
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Re: Vail area backcountry conditions/Eiseman hut?

Postby Marty » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:56 am

I just reread your post - I should note that we parked at the Red Sandstone trailhead, not Spraddle Creek. It was a long but gradual hike up (8.5 miles from the upper lot according to the gps without cutting any switchbacks). As I said, decent coverage on the road for skis most of the way up - and packed enough to allow for hiking without snowshoes for those who don't ski. The new snow may change that.
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Re: Vail area backcountry conditions/Eiseman hut?

Postby lindazco » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:17 pm

thanks for all who responded - it looks like there should be enough snow for skiing - we'll leave the snowshoes at home.

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