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Skiing

Postby eli8228 » Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:19 pm

My buddies and I are craving for some turns. Is there any snowfields left that can still be skied? Preferably not saint mary's, we don't mind a nice hike if necessary. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Skiing

Postby Carl » Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:19 pm

This thread I started on TGR a couple days ago regarding skiing right now near the front range may be of interest to you http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=134125

Re: Skiing

Postby dubsho3000 » Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:43 pm

I've never been, but Arapahoe Glacier in the Indian Peaks Wilderness can be skied all year, I believe. I saw some tracks in late August. Looked fun.

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Re: Skiing

Postby Greenhouseguy » Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:34 pm

dubsho3000 wrote:I've never been, but Arapahoe Glacier in the Indian Peaks Wilderness can be skied all year, I believe. I saw some tracks in late August. Looked fun.


"Looking at the wonders of the Arapaho Glacier Cirque is all the public can do. The City of Boulder owns the Arapaho Glacier and a large tract of land surrounding it. This land, which is supported by public taxes, has been closed to the public since 1904. For many years the City of Boulder sponsored an annual Arapaho Glacier hike every August, but that practice was abandoned in 1973 [Roach, Gerry. Colorado's Indian Peaks: Classic Hikes and Climbs (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 1998), 99]."
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Re: Skiing

Postby tylermacguire » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:26 am

Have you considered Montezuma Basin? I have no idea what it's like this time of year but might be worth looking into.

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Re: Skiing

Postby cgandy2003 » Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:03 pm

Hey,
I'm gonna go get this one again on Tuesday this week. I skied it in August, and it was sweet. It is definately survival skiing, but if you want something very steep, and kinda exposed, then you are welcome to come. I live in Leadville, and the chute is about an hour into the mountains from my house.

Go to myspace.com/skier128 to see the pics of the chute. they will be under august skiing.

let me know if you are interested in coming. I would love to have some company. There are also 2 other chutes, one of which is bigger, that I have been scouting so.......
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Re: Skiing

Postby Bean » Sun Sep 28, 2008 3:15 pm

Greenhouseguy wrote:
dubsho3000 wrote:I've never been, but Arapahoe Glacier in the Indian Peaks Wilderness can be skied all year, I believe. I saw some tracks in late August. Looked fun.


"Looking at the wonders of the Arapaho Glacier Cirque is all the public can do. The City of Boulder owns the Arapaho Glacier and a large tract of land surrounding it. This land, which is supported by public taxes, has been closed to the public since 1904. For many years the City of Boulder sponsored an annual Arapaho Glacier hike every August, but that practice was abandoned in 1973 [Roach, Gerry. Colorado's Indian Peaks: Classic Hikes and Climbs (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 1998), 99]."

I've never been there, but it's reportedly not patrolled at nights or during winter. Probably not worth the risk and effort during winter, but might be a viable (if highly risky) option for a summer full-moon ski.

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Re: Skiing

Postby Greenhouseguy » Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:31 pm

Bean wrote:
Greenhouseguy wrote:
dubsho3000 wrote:I've never been, but Arapahoe Glacier in the Indian Peaks Wilderness can be skied all year, I believe. I saw some tracks in late August. Looked fun.


"Looking at the wonders of the Arapaho Glacier Cirque is all the public can do. The City of Boulder owns the Arapaho Glacier and a large tract of land surrounding it. This land, which is supported by public taxes, has been closed to the public since 1904. For many years the City of Boulder sponsored an annual Arapaho Glacier hike every August, but that practice was abandoned in 1973 [Roach, Gerry. Colorado's Indian Peaks: Classic Hikes and Climbs (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 1998), 99]."

I've never been there, but it's reportedly not patrolled at nights or during winter. Probably not worth the risk and effort during winter, but might be a viable (if highly risky) option for a summer full-moon ski.


I was on S. Arapaho and "Old Baldy" last week, and I could see either ski or glissade tracks on the glacier. I also saw people lugging skis up the trail; they gave sort of evasive answers when I asked them where they were going to ski. They never made it to the summit, so maybe they had some other spot in mind. I think that the fine is somewhere in the $300.00 range, which would be a pretty good deterrent.
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