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Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Been_Jammin » Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:34 pm

Finally got a splitboard set-up. Targeting Quandary for my first ever snowboard descent this Saturday. I've done the research... route is straight forward... read Avy forecast... etc.

I would appreciate if anyone has more real time beta on the conditions of the NE bowls. Or more real time advice for riding Quandary in general.

Also, what was your first ski/snowboard descent?

Troll advice welcomed.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by mcgrawt9 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:41 pm

Was thinking about giving it a go tomorrow. People have been hitting it over the last week. Seems like today's snow shouldn't be enough to destabilize things too much but, what do I know. Has been pretty bare above 13k from what I've seen but I've never even on Quandary in the winter.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Been_Jammin » Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:58 pm

Right on. An updated conditions report after you send tomorrow will be mucho appreciated!!
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by CaptCO » Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:57 pm

If you don’t get out this weekend, I’d snowboard it next week conditions dependent. Snowed hard at monarch today, dry toward Leadville, 70 was closed and it was dumping on Loveland pass tonight.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Snow_Dog_frassati » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:09 pm

The lack of snow all around is pretty sad. I'll be curious to see the report. Hopefully a few more lines fill in by May
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by CaptCO » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:12 pm

Snow_Dog_frassati wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:09 pm
The lack of snow all around is pretty sad. I'll be curious to see the report. Hopefully a few more lines fill in by May
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Gandalf69 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:40 am

I drive past quandary everyday, went up there last week as well. Lower bowl is ok, upper bowl has more sticking out, plenty rideable/skiable snow. Just be careful, ski patrol isn't right around to help.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Been_Jammin » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:41 am

Breck and Keystone are both reporting 5 inches in the last 24 hours. That might help the cause on Quandary... unless it all gets blown off.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Been_Jammin » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:45 am

Gandalf69 wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:40 am
I drive past quandary everyday, went up there last week as well. Lower bowl is ok, upper bowl has more sticking out, plenty rideable/skiable snow. Just be careful, ski patrol isn't right around to help.
Hey, good tip! I don't need to bag the summit. If the upper bowl has too many hazards I will probably just skin up the ridge until I find a suitable line to drop. And ride the lower bowl too of course. Then I'll go drink beer and bomb afternoon laps at Breck.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by 9patrickmurphy » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:49 am

This is also high on my list for the season, though I'm thinking it's gonna have to be an April/May objective. People seem to have just started skiing it (from the limited reports we see on here), so it's bound to fill in a good bit more over the next couple months. Seems like people are just skiing the ridge proper instead of the upper bowl right now.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Jorts » Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:38 am

I skied it 2/15. The upper bowl was filled in, just standard wind hammered. Ski it conservatively. It's always variable and sharky.

The lower bowl was skiing great that day. Did two laps in there taking it down to McCullough. Supportive with a few inches of fresh. I'd guess it's even better now.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Been_Jammin » Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:51 am

Jorts wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:38 am
I skied it 2/15. The upper bowl was filled in, just standard wind hammered. Ski it conservatively. It's always variable and sharky.

The lower bowl was skiing great that day. Did two laps in there taking it down to McCullough. Supportive with a few inches of fresh. I'd guess it's even better now.
That's wassup. Thanks. Lapping the lower bowl sounds like a good play!

Would there be any advantage to skinning the road north and then just climbing lower bowl directly instead of using the standard route up the east ridge? Avy forecast for tree line in summit county is the lowest possible risk.
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