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Sawatch Snow Coverage Discussion

Postby mitrik » Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:31 pm

Has anyone seen the N face of La Plata recently? What about Antero, Oxford or Missouri, Princeton? Looking for 1500-2500+ vert of snow left on runs. Looking for the longest vert I can get now from the 14ers.

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Re: Sawatch Snow Coverage Discussion

Postby Scott P » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:39 pm

Princeton doesn't have that much snow on it. Neither does Antero. Can't say for La Plata.

I took this photo on the summit of Antero today:

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Shavano and Tabeguache are in the background. As you can see the Southern Sawatch peaks are pretty dry. Missouri is probably your best bet. Maybe parts of Massive (?).

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Re: Sawatch Snow Coverage Discussion

Postby thebeave7 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:45 am

I also did Antero last weekend, it was dry via Little Brown Creek with only minor snow patches to be found. Belford/Oxford were also completely dry. Missouri's North face is pretty solid snow still, and would make a nice snow climb, IF hit in the morning. I heard reports of the snow softening quickly once the sun is up. Last weekend it was rock solid due to sub-freezing temps and a strong wind chill. A friend went up LaPlata last week via the standard trail, just a little snow to contend with, but she just wore trail runners the whole way with no issue.

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Re: Sawatch Snow Coverage Discussion

Postby jmc5040 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:21 am

This photo was taken a week ago on 5/27 from Mount Belford looking at Missouri Mountain's north face from the east. I'm not sure what a weeks done to the snowpack, but may be an option to ski.
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Re: Sawatch Snow Coverage Discussion

Postby jmc5040 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:56 am

Check out (http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=11876) for some good photos of Missouri. It appears that the couloirs are filled in well still on Missouri's north face. I remember hiking up Belford thinking that there were some good skiable lines on Missouri. I need to check my work schedule, but I'd be up for doing this towards the tail end of the week. I'll send you a message once I know more.
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Re: Sawatch Snow Coverage Discussion

Postby Elliot » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:44 pm

Theres a few worthwhile descents in the sawatch if your willing to ski 13ers. I saw La plata north face and it did not look appealing maybe the skiers left patch was in but not to the basin.

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Re: Sawatch Snow Coverage Discussion

Postby jmc5040 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:38 pm

Thanks for the update, obviously a lot can change in a week with the warm temps. What 13ers looked to be in better skiing shape? Any info or photos would be great to have.
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Re: Sawatch Snow Coverage Discussion

Postby mitrik » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:21 am

The peaks with the best coverage could be made into a list which could be relatively accurate from year to year with some variation depending on where most of the loading happened. that would be a multi year project to get right. Anyway thanks and I'll be skiing till July cause I'm one of the nuts who likes summer skiing. FYI, Dead Dog is done for the season, huge suncups in the low center and deep runnel, these are 1+ ft deep.

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Re: Sawatch Snow Coverage Discussion

Postby mitrik » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:27 pm

Look at Snowmass from Fletcher Pk today... the only fully white peak anywhere!!!
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